In his 17 year career, James Milner has played for three of Manchester United’s bitterest rivals- Leeds, Manchester City and Liverpool. Yet in a remarkable twist of fate, the gritty midfielder has admitted that he will be rooting for arch-rivals United come Wednesday.
The Liverpool midfielder has echoed the sentiments of Liverpool fans across the globe, willing on their north-west foes to take points against title rivals Manchester City.
The Premier League is interestingly poised with Liverpool leading the Manchester club by two points but City can leap above them with a win against United at home.
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Speaking to the media, the England international admitted that he would be rooting for the Old Trafford club for the first time in his life:
“First time in my life,” remarked Milner.
“But I won’t be watching. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal.
“I can’t do anything about it. I’ll maybe put my phone away for a few hours and check it after.
“I’ve no idea what I’ll do, maybe go out for some food.”
Further, he added that if after a gruelling campaign the Merseysiders were to fail in their bid to secure a first League title since 1990, it wouldn’t be a slight on his club but a mark of Manchester City’s quality instead:
“We just need to win the rest of our games,” Milner said.
“If we do that and it’s not good enough then you have to hold your hands up and say ‘well-done City’.
“They are a top team, they have done it before and are grinding it out.
“It’s frustrating to think we’ve had one defeat all year and it might not be enough.
“But all we can do is win the rest of our games and put them under pressure.”
The midfielder was optimistic enough to suggest however that a win against United won’t spell the end of the title race. Instead, with three rounds left to go, there would be all to play for:
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“There’s three games left after that (United).
“People think United is a challenge, but it’s not the only one.
“It’s an old cliche, but the Premier League is tough – whoever you play, teams battling at the bottom.
“Go back to QPR and it’s not easy when you’re playing to win a league title.”
Milner, who was part of that Manchester City side who squeaked through to clinch their first title in almost half a decade, will be hoping for a City slip-up this time.