Salford lad Phil Bardsley joined Manchester United when he was just 8-years-old. In the past, he has talked about his continuing feelings for United and revealed that he still goes to games with his mates.
United take on Sunderland this weekend and a win would give them a small chance of retaining the title, depending on the result at the Etihad. Bardsley has claimed that the importance of the game from United’s perspective won’t have any impact on his performance.
“My head will be the same as it is in any game I’ve ever played in,” said Bardsley. “I’m in a Sunderland jersey, and my performances against Man United have always been steady and decent enough. It will be no different this weekend. I’ve got no loyalties anywhere else. I’ll go out there and do the best I can. It’s the last game of the season against the champions. They’re still going for the league, and it’s up to us to upset the party. That’s what we’re in this league for, to compete against top teams. That’s what we’ll be doing. We’ve got one last game to make it a decent six months that we’ve had.”
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