The Norwegian took off with a speech: “Today, it's not blue or red that counts, but Manchester. This is going to be the homeless, to raise money for them. I live and work now for several months in the city centre and see daily people who have to spend the night. That is something where, together, we can fight.” Also Kevin De Bruyne, in the presence of his wife Michèle Lacroix, and Pep Guardiola with a partner were prominently present.
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When Liverpool was later in the evening, could only tied with West Ham, was the smile on the faces of both the players of Man City as that of Solksjaer, even bigger. The host of the evening was none other than Gary Lineker. On the guest list, among others, Noel Gallagher, the notoriously fan of the ‘Citizens’, and Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester. Also father Pierre Kompany, himself mayor of Ganshoren, signed present. Kompany, whose contract at the end of this season will end in the Etihad Stadium, thought it was great that Solskjaer of the party was. “A real gesture of class," says ‘Vince the Prince’ in the Manchester Evening News . “Of course, everyone knows that there is great rivalry between the two clubs, but it says a lot about this event that on a night like this our calendars are in sync. I think that it is necessary for this city to rise above that rivalry, and the problems work together to address.”