Rio Ferdinand made fun of Manchester City’s light show during the build-up to the game, but by the time the game had gone for an hour, he was cheering for Erling Haaland.
In the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Manchester City defeated Leipzig 7-0 because to Haaland’s outstanding performance. Haaland was replaced by Pep Guardiola with roughly 30 minutes left in the game after scoring five goals, making him only the third player in Champions League history to accomplish this accomplishment. Rio Ferdinand gave Haaland a standing ovation in the BT Sport studio, which was undoubtedly an even greater honor than the chance to complete a double hat-trick. Following a 1-1 draw at the Red Bull Arena, the game was tightly poised, but Haaland’s merciless brilliance devastated Leipzig and guaranteed Manchester City’s spot in the quarterfinals. In the second half, goals were also scored by Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.
Even clapped off by a United legend. What a player. What a performance.
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It was a small departure from Ferdinand’s earlier jeers of Manchester City’s pregame light show.
He added in a video that was uploaded to his Twitter account, “We don’t need stuff like this at Old Trafford.
“None of these lights are necessary. These lights are unnecessary for us. These lights are unnecessary at Old Trafford.
We at Man Utd don’t need these light displays, for genuine.
Joleon Lescott, a fellow analyst, was there to provide the appropriate response: “Yes, well, these are Champions League lights. These lights are unnecessary for the Europa League.
“I enjoy this competition, as everybody knows,” the 22-year-old continued. Five targets. to win at home 7-0. I’m overjoyed.
“I didn’t think today had many goals. I was merely acting. I only cared about getting the ball into the goal on the penalty. The second objective is the same. The third goal is the same. similar for every objective. I didn’t consider every single objective.
“Therefore, in my opinion, a lot of it just comes down to having a fast mind, acting morally, and attempting to hide something from the keeper. Of sure, some of it is quality, but the most of it is in the brain.
Regarding Guardiola bringing him off in the 63rd minute with five goals, Haaland said: “I told him before I went off, ‘I would love to score a double hat-trick!’. What can we do, though? We had to leave.