In a recent interview Michah Richards has come out with some odd statements, including saying that United players get straight into the England squad. He also feels players like him have to work twice as hard to get recognition for their country.
Then Tom Cleverley played half a good game at Wembley (in the Community Shield) and was in the next England squad. I was buzzing because Tom is my mate but what is that about? If you play well for United you will get straight into the England squad. At other clubs it’s harder. I graft every week but feel I have to try twice as hard to get recognition.”
He was also asked about his feelings on the title race, Michah claims that if City had got beat 6-1 back in October then we would be at least 20 points clear in the title race. This seems such a strange comment to make as the title race isn’t over just yet. The last two months on and off the pitch has shown that experience at this stage of the season is vital to a title challenge, strange comments from Vieira, Mancini, and now Richards is a seemingly poor attempt to take on the master of mind games in Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Fergie…” (pause) “He’s gotta be one of the best managers that I’ve come across because, if we had got beaten 6-1 that day, United would have been 20 points clear by now. We have a good mentality. We have shown that many times. But the way they came back from the 6-1 is phenomenal. That’s down to the manager.”