Goater - City will surpass United

Mancini's men will rule Manchester and England, says Goater

Last Updated: 01/05/12 11:33am

It's only a matter of time before Manchester City surpass rivals Manchester United as the top team in England, according to Shaun Goater.

"You hear Ferguson, and in his words himself, he sees City as the main rivals and I think it's just a matter of time before City leapfrog United and go beyond."

Shaun Goater

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The two Manchester clubs will face each other on Monday Night Football in a match which many believe will decide the destination of the Premier League trophy this season.

Billed as 'Unmissable' United will head into the game with a three-point advantage, however it is City who have the momentum after reducing the gap at the top of the table by five points in the space of just two weeks.

And City legend Goater, who was appearing on Soccer AM ahead of the biggest game of the season, is convinced his former side will overtake Sir Alex Ferguson's men sooner rather than later.

"Perhaps in everyone's eyes City are pretty much level with United," said the ex-striker.

"You hear Ferguson, and in his words himself, he sees City as the main rivals and I think it's just a matter of time before City leapfrog United and go beyond.

"The expectations on each team (for the derby) are huge and I just hope that the decisions from the referee don't spoil the game and that the result speaks for itself in terms of the better team."

Red

City's recent resurgence has coincided with Mario Balotelli's absence from the first team after seeing red against Arsenal at the start of the month.

It was the fourth red card of the Italian's City career which has been dogged by controversial incidents, and Goater says he would've spoken to the player about his conduct during his time at the club.

"With Balotelli I would've certainly pulled him to one side and told him 'you just need to consider the team as well, in terms of your actions'," he said.

"But that's him, that's his make-up and he comes with the great talent that he has as well."

Coaching

The club's top-scorer in four consecutive seasons between 1998 and 2002, Goater found the back of the net 101 times for City in just 184 appearances, leading to the chant of 'Feed the Goat and He Will Score' from the Maine Road faithful.

Capped 36 times by Bermuda, he scored an incredible 32 goals for his country before officially hanging up his boots in 2006, and returning home to the Island where his work with young children as well as his services to sport were recognised in 2003 when he was awarded an MBE.

The 42-year-old has spent the last few years building up various telecommunications and airline security businesses, but revealed he's now ready to return to England after being bitten by the football bug once again.

"I've been pretty busy but the time I do get I try and spend it with the family and a lot in educational football," he said. "So I'm going come back and do some coaching. Coaching is the real desire I have now.

"There are partners in the businesses, but (I'll) pretty much leave that behind. When I went back to Bermuda I thought I could leave (football) behind, but it's a case of (having) a real hunger and I'm missing watching games, and I just really want to be here now."