Man City players refused to vote for Man Utd stars for individual awards
Manchester City hero Micah Richards has admitted that he would break an unwritten dressing room rule this season if he was still a first-team player.
The former England defender won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time in the senior side at the Etihad, spending 14 years with the club before leaving for Aston Villa in 2015.
The 32-year-old, who continues to delight supporters with his punditry on Sky Sports, has now revealed details of an unwritten dressing room rule that he was willing to break.
Richards who made 13 appearances for his county, has noted that the performances of Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United this season are worthy of commendation.
He wrote in his column for the Mail on Friday: “There was an unwritten rule in Manchester City’s dressing room during my career when it came to picking the PFA Player of the Year.
“If someone from Manchester United was in the running but Liverpool or Chelsea had candidates who had performed to a similarly high level, your vote would go to Stamford Bridge or Anfield. Politics such as this goes on in every dressing room across the land: you don’t vote for a rival.
“Of course, there were exceptions when you had to acknowledge brilliance. I remember that I did vote for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007 and Wayne Rooney in 2010 — to do anything else after such outstanding campaigns would have been ridiculous.
“Had I been in that same dressing room now, I would have found myself going against the unwritten rule again. There are many fine candidates this year, not least Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan, but the outstanding footballer of 2020-21 is Bruno Fernandes.”
The 26-year-old Portugal international midfielder has scored 15 goals and laid on 10 assists across 25 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was aware of the player’s quality following an early scouting mission, he recently admitted to being surprised by his immediate impact.
Speaking to Soccer AM, he said: "I went to see him live myself and really liked the fire in his belly.
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"I saw something there that I thought we needed. Not just as a player, but as a personality in the group.
"I would not have foreseen quite how much he has helped us, but the rest of the group has helped him too.
"I think he has found the place in his football career where he fits."
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