Ferdinand recalls how Aguero left him feeling ‘floored and devastated’
Rio Ferdinand has reflected on how Sergio Aguero made him feel “distraught and devastated” during his time as a player for Manchester United.
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Aguero joined Man City in 2011 for around £35m from Atletico Madrid. He shone for his new club in 2011/12 as he netted 30 times from his 48 outings in all competitions.
City were involved in a tense title battle with Man United that season. It went down to the last day and with Roberto Mancini’s side losing to QPR, they looked to be handing the title to their arch-rivals.
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But late drama ensued at the Etihad as Aguero’s last-gasp goal won them the title. Ferdinand has taken to Instagram to look back on this moment that “floored” him:
“Agueroooooooooooo. This name, this goal, this moment still hits me at times when I least expect it like a bolt out the blue!
“Our closest rivals just across the city, snatching the PL title from out of our hands – bearing in mind our game had just finished and we had won our game [1-0 at Sunderland]….what was the score in City’s game…they need a goal with seconds to go…surely we have won…I think we have done it…then…Agueroooooooooo.
“Absolutely floored, distraught, devastated….a whole season demolished in the final seconds of the last game.
“What I will say is that as much as I hated the outcome I never hated (or disliked) Sergio for his moment – like I thought I would.
“Why?? I think how humble & chilled he seems plays a big part but as much or more is how much I respect him as a footballer.
“He is one of the hardest strikers I have ever marked. So elusive, so quick, strong, two feet capable of hitting the ball cleanly with, great movement and a clear belief that he will score that seeps out through his paws!
“When a striker can face you up and comfortably go both ways (left or right) it’s a BIG problem for a defender.
“He was direct once he had the ball and and his first thought was how do I get a yard to create space to shoot – so as a defender he always had you on the edge and you had to have total concentration to make sure you knew where he was at all times. Deadly.”