Richards admits that there are fundamental differences in the way each teamâ€™s members have approached this seasonâ€™s title battle and that United have been shrewder and wiser about it all.
â€śUnited have got togetherness,â€ť he told the Daily Express. â€śLook at someone like Ji-Sung Park. When he doesnâ€™t play, he doesnâ€™t moan, does he? Then Sir Alex Ferguson brings him in for a lot of the big games.
â€śWhat has been hard at City is that we have 20 to 25 internationals. We all want to play and when you donâ€™t, you get upset. Sometimes thatâ€™s hard to deal with. That has been the hardest thing. You donâ€™t see players at United complaining to their manager when they are taken off.
â€śThey have been doing this for years and itâ€™s Sir Alexâ€™s way or no way. If you donâ€™t like it, theyâ€™ll get someone else. Itâ€™s different here. Itâ€™s all new to us. If we are going to be a strong team, weâ€™re all going to have to accept we canâ€™t play every week.â€ť