Manchester United and Manchester City are set to take their historic derby to Wembley Stadium this Saturday as both Manchester sides face off in the FA Cup final for the first time ever. Ahead of the game, Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has revealed an utterly odd pre-game superstition.
The Brazilian keeper has played a pivotal role in both City's success this year and over the last number of years. Already this season he's kept 18 clean sheets and proved himself to be invaluable in City's Premier League win, with the triple still very much on for Ederson if his side can overcome Man United this Saturday.
However, City's man between the posts has revealed that he wears the same pair of underwear for every single game in the season. Speaking to TNT Sports in Brazil, Ederson let fans know that he allocates one pair of underwear for a whole season and wears that pair in every single game.
I have the superstition of wearing the same underwear every game. It's 1 per season because it wears out a lot. In the 1st year at Benfica, it was like this: 'When I played, I wore it.' And in the last 8 years, I’ve won 7 league titles. It has been working.
Despite the odd nature of Ederson's superstitions, his logic is certainly hard to argue given the success he's had wearing the same pair of Underwear since he started in Benfica in 2015. Let's just hope that Ederson's most recent revelation won't inspire a generation of young footballers to try out the same superstitions.
However, despite Ederson's lucky underwear he's yet to start a domestic cup game this season with Pep Guardiola picking second-choice keeper Stefan Ortega for all their FA Cup games so far. However, the magnitude of Saturday's game now leaves Guardiola stuck between a rock and a hard place. Whether he sticks with Ortega or goes for the ever-reliable Ederson and his lucky underwear only time will tell.
Manchester United and Manchester City clash in the FA Cup final this Saturday at 3pm in Wembley, with Manchester United looking to improve their already phenomenal FA Cup record and Manchester City aiming to add another trophy this season as well as completing 2/3 on their quest to win the triple.