Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes a number of Manchester City fans have ‘come out of the woodwork’ thanks to their recent success.
Billionaire Shiekh Mansour bought the club four years ago and has thrown hundreds of millions of pounds at the club in an attempt to guarantee silverware.
City won their first major trophy in 35 years last season when they lifted the FA Cup while this campaign – following another summer of heavy investment – they hope to go even further by lifting the Premier League title.
They are currently in second place in the Premier League, just a point behind near rivals Manchester United, in what is becoming one of the most fascinating title races in recent years with United’s premier league odds just shading City’s by the finest of margins.
The two meet at the Etihad Stadium on April 30 in what could be a title deciding fixture but Ferdinand hopes the Red Devils can tie up the league by that point – though I would bet on the Premier League title race going right to the final day of the season.
In an ideal world, we’ll have it sewn up by the time we go there,” said the England defender.
“But I don’t expect it to be finished by the time we go their stadium.”
On the growing number of City supporters Ferdinand added: “Walking around in town, you see more and more blue shirts than you probably ever would have seen over the last 10 years.
“But success sometimes brings people out of the woodwork. So fingers crossed we can delay that and make sure that we get this title sewn up this season.”