The Man City and United war continues as Vieira explains his comments
The latest skirmish between the Manchester rivals continue after Patrick Vieira was quoted by the BBC suggesting Manchester United benefit from favorable refereeing decisions at Old Trafford.
Well, his comments were bound to bring the fury of the Red Devils. Nonetheless, Vieira has nothing to worry because the cavalry has arrived. Following Untied response to Vieira’s claims, Manchester City has leapt to the defense of their former player and current club executive Vieira.
In an interview on the BBC website which was filmed at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, Vieira, who was representing Football against Hunger said:
“When United play at home they get some advantage that other teams don't get.
“I think when you go to United, Madrid, Barcelona, or Milan, when the referees referee these kind of games, it's always difficult to go against these kind of teams. This is the way it is.”
Vieira has enjoyed many clashes with United but in his playing days with Arsenal and on the field. This was most probably his best attempt to reminisce about his olden days. In the interview Vieira was talking about the overruled penalty claim that should have gotten Fulham a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Nowadays, Vieira is a football executive for Manchester City and a regular analyst in various media programs. Meanwhile, City also responded to various claims from BBC. According to their official statement Vieira misinterpreted the situation and the concerned reporter has been banned by the club.
“Patrick Vieira has expressed his disappointment and anger at what he feels is a serious and cynical misrepresentation of an interview he gave to the BBC,” City said.
According to Vieira, he actually wanted to avoid criticizing Vieira.
“I didn't watch the United game against Fulham and had not seen the incident to which the reporter referred. That part of the interview was ignored and my comments were taken completely out of context.”
Nonetheless, this incident happened just a week after Vieira provoked Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by saying he had shown weakness in bringing midfielder Paul Scholes back into the first team.
In response, Ferguson labelled their title rivals “desperate” and slammed the Carlos Tevez saga into their face.
Vieira believes City deserve to win the English Premier League title this season.
“Since the start of the season we've been the best team and played the best football,” Vieira said.
“I believe the club deserves it. When you are first you have the advantage, (United) are favorites.”
Vieira also commented on the Tevez saga.
“We're glad Carlos is back. The quality of these kind of players will be really important at this stage of the season,” he said. “The issue was between him and the club. The players were really pleased to see him back.”