Rio Ferdinand says Manuel Akanji was ridiculous for Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s men blew United away at the Etihad Stadium. That image of away supporters streaming out of the Etihad Stadium before half-time will be remembered for years to come.
But it is easy to forget that some of the away end would have been fairly optimistic when the lineups were announced. City were without Rodri. And Akanji kept his place alongside Nathan Ake for his second league start since his summer arrival.
Manuel Akanji was ridiculous
Obviously, Erling Haaland, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne stole the show in the 6-3 win. But Ferdinand suggested that he was hugely impressed by the Switzerland international.
“Akanji mate, Akanji comes in, he looked like Kompany Mark II. Ridiculous. Him and Nathan Ake had the cigars out yesterday,” he told his YouTube channel.
Akanji was hardly the most exciting signing City made in the summer. Understandably, much of the attention was on Haaland’s arrival. Meanwhile, fans were pleased about the additions of Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips.
Akanji had had a good spell with Borussia Dortmund. However, he was hardly considered one of the elite centre-backs in Europe during his time at Westfalenstadion.
Meanwhile, Ake has had to bide his time since moving to the Etihad Stadium.
But the pair largely looked at ease on Sunday. Akanji’s ability to stride out from the back made it seem like he had already made many more appearances for the club.
Certainly, he proved a real point with his performance as City put on a clinic for the large majority of the derby.
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