Two Manchester City legends.
Kevin de Bruyne has been voted Manchester City’s Player of the Season, matching an excellent record held by Richard Dunne.
De Bruyne won the award for the fourth time since joining the club in 2015. He now becomes the player to have won the award the most times, alongside Dunne.
Dunne played for Manchester City for nine years, though admittedly it was a very different club then to the one De Bruyne now plays with.
This was before City were among the best teams in the world, and were instead just your average Premier League team. Dunne was a leader, and while he may have scored his fair share of own goals, he was an extremely reliable defender.
Dunne was a rock at the back for the Manchester club, as he was for Ireland at the same time. In fact, it’s a pity he didn’t stick around at City for just a few more years, as he would then have a Premier League medal in his possession.
Kevin De Bruyne and Richard Dunne
De Bruyne has been one of the best footballers in the world since joining Man City and making Chelsea regret ever letting him go.
Jose Mourinho deemed De Bruyne surplus to requirements, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Mo Salah. Many Chelsea fans will wonder what might have been if the London club managed to hang on to the three of them.
Footage recently resurfaced of the Soccer Saturday squad talking about De Bruyne signing, with Paul Merson among those criticising City for spending £55 million on the Belgian midfielder.
Merson said: “And this is someone who was at the top club in England, Chelsea. Playing there and it didn’t click. He’s played here before, at a top team with top players. Honestly, Jeff, I thought it was Lira.” More on that here.