Richards tells United fans to enjoy their taunts



Manchester City defender Micah Richards has told local rivals United to enjoy taunting City about their lack of trophies while they still can.

United supporters have had a banner at the Stretford End of Old Trafford for a long time documenting just how many years it is since City last won a trophy, but mega bucks City could end that run this season.

The last time City won a trophy was the 1976 League Cup final, and it has now been 35 years since City lifted any silverware, but Richards expects that to change soon.

City are in the quarter final of the FA Cup, and face Championship Reading, as well as the last 16 of the Europa League, a competition they are favourites to win.

Talking about Birmingham ending their own 48 year wait for a trophy by beating Arsenal in the Carling Cup final at the weekend, Richards said, “You see Birmingham winning something and you start to wonder, because we’ve got a great team here.”

“We all want to be a part of something special and win something for this club. It’s just a case of going out there and doing it.

“It would take the pressure off if we got that first one and I think more could follow. I think the trophies would start coming thick and fast.”

United fans update their banner every year and Richards admitted it’s an added incentive to win something.

“Yeah, it’s something that drives the boys on a bit,” he said. “It’s good banter between the two sets of fans, but we don’t think there’s too much in it now between us and United.

“It would be nice to be a part of the team that pulls it down one day. I’m sure that if we keep working hard, that day will come soon.

“The boys who have come through the Academy, like me, would love to win something with this club. It would give us a really great and proud feeling.

“I’ve been playing for about five seasons now and having not won anything is a bit of a disappointment.

“But we’ve got a good team now, with the backing of the chairman, so hopefully times will change and we can win something.

“I believe we can win the FA Cup, and most of the competitions we’re in, with this squad. It’s just important that we don’t get complacent and think we’re there already.”

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