Micah Richards: Manchester City need Manchester United's "togetherness"

Micah Richards
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Micah Richards believes that Manchester City should adopt Manchester United's harmony within the dressing room.

Micah Richards believes that Manchester City need to mirror Manchester United's sense of "togetherness" within the team.

The blue and red halves of Manchester come together for a crucial showdown at the Etihad Stadium tonight and Richards has called on his teammates to accept their roles within the team.

"United have got togetherness," the Express quotes Richards as saying. "Look at someone like Ji-Sung Park. When he doesn't play, he doesn't moan, does he? Then Sir Alex Ferguson brings him in for a lot of the big games.

"What has been hard at City is that we have 20 to 25 internationals. We all want to play and when you don't, you get upset. Sometimes that's hard to deal with. That has been the hardest thing. You don't see players at United complaining to their manager when they are taken off.

"They have been doing this for years and it's Sir Alex's way or no way. If you don't like it, they'll get someone else. It's different here. It's all new to us. If we are going to be a strong team, we're all going to have to accept we can't play every week."

City can go top in the Premier League table with a victory over United this evening.

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