Goater: City will win derby and title
Shaun Goater has predicted that Manchester City will win their derby match against fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday and go on to win the Premier League.
Appearing on Premier League TV's Fanzone with presenter Alex Scott, the former Arsenal Ladies and England Women's defender, Goater engaged in dialogue with fans from as far away as India and the United States as they discussed this weekend's top matches in England.
Goater, who joined Manchester United when he left Bermuda and later played for City, helping them climb out of League One and into the Premier League, believes that City will extend their lead at the top and prove it is a one-horse race for the title. City lead United by eight points, with Chelsea eleven points behind the leaders.
“They play attractive football and Pep [Guardiola] is trying everything to try to get that win, try and get that defining goal that ensures the win,” Goater said.
The Bermudian famously scored for City when they beat United 3-1 in the final derby match at Maine Road in 2002-03. He followed that up with a late equaliser in the return match in February 2003 at Old Trafford when he netted with a header just nine seconds after coming on as a substitute.
Goater believes that City will get the better of United and the other top teams as their gap is already too big for the chasing teams to close.
“Yes it is [a big gap]. Truth be told, I think it is a one-horse race, I really do,” said Goater who scored over 100 goals for City between 1998 and 2003.
“Pep Guardiola will be saying to his players ‘there's a lot of work to be done', which is right, the league isn't won now.
“But the work you've done now allows you to win the league. So they will not pay attention to the media and what people are saying but for me it's a one-horse race.
“I think it's for City to lose, as early as it is.”