Former Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand has blamed Arsenal this season for the reason why Manchester City could potentially secure the treble on Saturday.
Manchester City won the FA Cup last weekend against Manchester United at Wembley, following being crowned Premier League champions a couple of weeks ago. The Champions League final awaits Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday to complete the famous treble.
Arsenal lead the way in the Premier League for the majority of the season and were favourites to win the clubs first league title in 19 years up until April where Mikel Arteta’s side stumbled and handed the advantage to Manchester City. The Gunners couldn’t find their way back after three consecutive draws to Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham and ended up finishing second in the Premier League this season.
Meanwhile, Manchester City looked like a team who had been here before. They didn’t panic, they clawed the points back and ended up being champions with now the famous treble in sight.
City’s final hurdle to complete the treble is the Champions League final on Saturday against Inter Milan. Despite Manchester United’s defeat to City in the FA Cup final, Rio Ferdinand places blame on Arsenal for giving City the opportunity to win the treble.
He said on the VIBE with FIVE podcast: “It was your job, you were ahead 93 per cent of the time. You was in a prime position to do that, and you folded like a pack of cards.”
Beating Manchester City to the Premier League title is something no club has done in the last three years. If it wasn’t for Arsenal this season, Pep Guardiola’s side would have been crowned champions in March – that’s how little of a fight the rest of the league put up, including Rio Ferdinand’s former side Manchester United.
Manchester United were also the team Manchester City beat in the FA Cup final only last week. I think it’s fair to say Rio Ferdinand’s former side are the ones to blame considering they’re the fans who care the most about their rivals potentially lifting the treble on Saturday…