Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson revealed after their 1-0 win over Manchester United that Stephen Ireland missed the game because of illness.

"Maybe Stephen Ireland would have scored the goal, who knows? He was ill before the game so he had to drop out, but Geovanni is a fantastic player when he has the ball, he keeps it, passes well and has a very good shot.

"Technically he is a fantastic football player, I think that he, Elano and a few others are still not quite 100% yet. It's good to know that they can do even better in the future."