Man City's Onuoha stunner: Man Utd's Ferdinand my hero

Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha admits he's modeling his game on Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.

Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha admits he's modeling his game on Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.

Onuoha said: “He always seems very calm in any situation and that’s what makes him such an important part of any team.

“He’s a very good defender, too, which makes him an extremely valuable player for both club and country.

“Having played against him, I know he’s very strong and commanding.

“But it’s not just that. He makes things look so easy. England’s two first-choice centre-backs, Rio and John Terry, are the benchmark for all players.

“They are not just good defenders – they can play football.

“We all know that if we want to get near them then we have to keep improving. We have to keep believing.”