Express: Zabaleta wary of Moyes factor
- 20 September 2013 08:26
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Pablo Zabaleta has sounded a note of caution as Sunday’s Manchester derby creeps up on the horizon.
As a veteran of many fruitless assignments against David Moyes’ Everton, the Argentine international has warned that City will have to be at their very best against the Scotsman’s new club to take all three points.
Under Moyes, Everton won 12 of 22 encounters against City, losing just six in his 11-year reign on Merseyside.
No wonder Pablo is forecasting a tough match against the Blues’ rivals on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s a special game, one in which everyone wants to play and one the fans want to watch and to celebrate,” Zabaleta is quoted as saying in today’s Daily Express, “It won’t be any different – even without Fergie they are still Manchester United.
“Ferguson was a great manager and an important person for the club.
“But now it is a different part of history and we have to respect David Moyes because he is the new manager. It was always tough for us to beat Everton when David Moyes was there.”
Elsewhere, the man who scored the winning goal at Old Trafford in the last meeting between these two teams has been getting through some work this week.
Sergio Aguero took part in the filming of an advert for Puma in which he’s put through his paces by Olympic 100m champion, Usain Bolt.
In the hilarious new video, Bolt, an ardent United fan, attempts in vain to tire out Sergio before the derby with a series of misplaced passes.
"Sergio's caused United a lot of problems over the years, so I thought I'd drop in on him to see if I could tire him before the game on Sunday. But turns out he's pretty fit," Bolt said.
The unflappable Argentine was non-too-impressed with the skills of the fastest man on the planet and delivered this damning verdict…
"Usain was terrible at the beginning, but I realised after a while that he was just trying to wear me out,” Aguero revealed.
"When he started to play properly, he showed some skills though.
“He is not good enough to play for City, but I think he would have a good chance of getting into the United team."
...Sergio Aguero on Usain Bolt...
Just when you thought you couldn’t love him any more…
Finally, it wouldn’t be a media round-up without some monstrously early transfer gossip ahead of the January window.
Today’s rumour comes from the Metro, who report that City are closing in on a deal for Gil Vicente and Cape Verde defender Pecks in a £5m deal.
“It’s thought that Pellegrini would use the defender in the first-team in the new year, with the youngster being tipped for big things,” Jamie Sanderson reported.
“A tall, powerful and tough-tackling centre half, Pecks has previously been compared to City captain Vincent Kompany and would be right at home at the Etihad Stadium.”
One thing’s for sure… Pecks would add some muscle to that backline…
As ever, transfer rumours are just that – don’t believe the hype until you read the confirmed story here on mcfc.co.uk.