Raheem Sterling backed to have a ‘good impact’ in Manchester derby on Saturday by Owen Hargreaves after scoring his first goal for City since AUGUST and only his third in 31 matches
- Hargreaves believes Sterling will have ‘good impact’ on the Manchester derby
- Sterling scored in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday
- The goal marks his first since August and only his third in his last 31 outings
- Hargreaves believes Sterling can help Manchester City over United on Saturday
- Joleon Lescott has also said that Guardiola has ‘no bad options’ for the derby
Owen Hargreaves believes Raheem Sterling will make a ‘good impact’ in the Manchester derby if Pep Guardiola makes the decision to start him.
Sterling scored in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Club Brugge in their Champions League group game on Wednesday night. The goal marked his first strike since August and only his third in his last 31 club appearances.
However, Hargreaves has still backed the 26-year-old to excel in Manchester City’s Premier League clash with United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Owen Hargreaves believes Raheem Sterling (above) will have ‘good impact’ on the Manchester derby if Pep Guardiola makes the decision to start him
Speaking after Manchester City’s Champions League clash on Wednesday night, Hargreaves said: ‘Raheem Sterling could have a good impact on Saturday if he started for the Manchester derby.’
Hargreaves also reflected on how Sterling must be feeling at the moment given he has started just two Premier League games.
The BT pundit has also said it was nice to see Phil Foden celebrate with Sterling after their third goal.
Hargreaves (above) also said he understood how difficult it has been for Sterling not starting
Sterling scored in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Club Brugge in their Champions League group game on Wednesday night (above)
He said: ‘It was really nice that Phil Foden came over and celebrated with Sterling. As a player you know how hard it can be as an attacking player.
‘Pep always says you need numbers and if you score you will stay in the team. So, because Foden and Jesus are scoring all the time they are staying in the team.’
When asked who would be the best option for City ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Saturday, Joleon Lescott said every played had ‘given themselves the opportunity to start’.
Hargreaves said it was nice to see the likes of Phil Foden (R) celebrate with Sterling (Middle)
Joleon Lescott (above) has also said that Guardiola has ‘no bad options’ for Saturday’s derby
The BT pundit said: ‘I don’t think there are any bad options. They have all given themselves an opportunity to start on the weekend but it would be good to pick Sterling. However, no one is being dropped, I think they are being rotated.
‘The fact that you don’t play the derby will be disappointing but if you play against PSG in Champions League that will be great. I don’t think there is a bad game to play in.’
Lescott went on to credit Manchester City for having well-rounded squad, saying: ‘Their two best players (Dias and De Bruyne) didn’t even start today.
‘I don’t think anyone in the premier league or even the champions league can compete with their depth.’