Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright thinks the criticism of Raheem Sterling’s showboating in the Manchester derby has been “ridiculous”.
Sterling was seen doing a number of stepovers in a static position near the end of the match as Manchester City beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday.
Juan Mata was one player that went over to Sterling to give him a ticking off, while Pep Guardiola wasn’t too pleased after the final whistle.
However, Wright doesn’t think there is anything wrong with a bit of showboating and that it’s up to the opposition players to react positively to it in their next fixture against City.
“I wouldn’t want it against me, but I would do it at that stage in a derby,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I did it to Clive Wilson [against Tottenham] – I was messing around with him on the line and then I crossed it, Dennis Bergkamp scored.
“It’s entertainment. We’re talking about Manchester City versus Manchester United. Will Raheem Sterling get stick when he goes there [Old Trafford]? Yes. Does he know that? Yes. Is he bothered? No.
“When you’ve got Mata coming over… You don’t come over and give someone a ticking off.
“You go ‘right’, to the rest of the guys in the dressing room, ‘see what they just did to us? When they come to our place we’ve got to sort that out.’ You can’t have a go at Raheem Sterling for doing that.
“With what Raheem Sterling’s been through up to this point… Now he can’t showboat in front of his own fans in the Manchester derby? It’s ridiculous.”