Manchester City defender Micah Richards still has nightmares about Wayne Rooney’s stupendous overhead kick winner at Old Trafford last season and has vowed to ensure it never happens again.
In a tight and edgy top-of-the-table clash, Wayne Rooney scored the Premier League Goal of The Season 12 minutes from time when he executed a perfect overhead kick which flew past City shot-stopper Joe Hart.
The goal gave the hosts a priceless 2-1 lead and ended Manchester City’s title ambitions as Rooney’s strike went down in Manchester derby folklore.
Eight months on City defender Micah Richards is reminded of that goal every single day and in the wake of Sunday’s mouthwatering encounter, has vowed to ensure it never happens again.
“Wayne still likes to remind me about it — he still feels full of confidence. But so do we,” he told The Sun ahead of the game.
“He won’t be doing it again though, we’ll be trying to keep him quiet this time,” he warned.
Richards is currently Manchester City’s longest serving player and knows that success at the home of their eternal rivals has been hard to come by of late.
The last time the Sky Blues bagged all three points at United’s lair was in February 2008 when goals by Darius Vassel and Benjani sealed an impressive 2-1 win.
Avoiding defeat on Sunday will keep the Eastlands side top of the Premier League although with United gathering form and buoyed from last season’s result, Richards knows things will be tough especially when he thinks back to ‘Wazza’s’ stunner.
“I get reminded of it (Rooney’s goal) nearly every single day when I see the advert for Sky+,” the 23-year-old further revealed.
“Vinny Kompany just slips at the wrong moment and I came across to try to do the header — but it didn’t reach me.
“It was an outstanding finish, an amazing goal. Every time I see it I wonder if I could have done something differently — I could have thrown myself full length at the ball I suppose.
“But as I always say, it was actually Vinny’s man — I was meant to be taking the back post so I don’t beat myself up about it.
“He was the one who got the stick after the game anyway! It was hard to take that we’d lost such a massive match but you can’t deny it was a terrific goal.”