By Richard Parks
Kyle Walker is desperate for Tottenham to triumph in their FA Cup semi-final showdown against Manchester United on Saturday.
Walker quit Spurs last summer after eight years to make a £50million move to Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino subsequently accused him of “an alarming lack of respect for his team-mates”.
But the England international, 27, put aside the criticism of his former manager to declare that he will be cheering his former teammates on as they chase a first FA Cup triumph since 1991.
“Please God they go and do that because their lads deserve it,” Walker told the Daily Mail. “To do that in a season when they had a lot of ifs and buts about Wembley would be very good for them.”
Tottenham lost 3-1 to new Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday night but are fourth in the table, seven points clear of Chelsea with five to play, and on course to return to the Champions League.
Football Insider verdict:
Credit to Walker. Whatever went on behind the scenes at Tottenham as he engineered the exit that left a nasty taste in Pochettino’s mouth, he is still a fan of his former club and his attachment to his old teammates is such that he is super keen for them to put City’s massive rivals United in their place. How many Spurs fans will wish Walker was in their starting XI for Saturday evening’s showdown at Wembley as the team aim to give the Pochettino era the trophy so deserved by an attractive and superbly managed side. Kieran Trippier has done reasonably well this season, and 2017 signing Serge Aurier has had his moments, but neither are in the class of Walker.
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