Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Sun Sets In The East

Sun Sets In The East


Former City utility man Sun Jihai has headed off back to China at the age of 31.

Sinbad sent us the following...

Sheffield United manager, Kevin Blackwell has released Sun to return home for 'family reasons' after the defender had been ousted from the Blades first team by the rising star Kyle Naughton.

Sun had two stints in the English top tier. The first was with Crystal Palace in the old First Division in 1999, starting three times. After another spell home in China he was recruited to Manchester City in the last year of the First Division by Kevin Keegan.

Keegan seemed determined to man the City first team with a representative from a different country in every position with his own version of Galacticoes. Keegan and later, Stuart Pearce, gave Sun 133 appearances over six years in the Premiership, during which Sun scored seven goals. Mostly he played as right back, but occasionally in midfield and as defensive sub covering across the back four.

As a fan I often felt Sun was likely to perform a lunging two -footed tackle at any time. But he always gave 100% of what he had. His positional sense was often unreliable as he was prone to runs down the right wing with little thought for defensive duties. But then with Keegan as manager.

Sun also had a long international career with 72 games for China.

Sun was rarely given the chance to shine under Sven Goran Eriksson. Though he came on for the last minutes of City's great Old Trafford win in the Munich 50th Anniversary Derby.

So long, Sun, it was fun.





For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Sinbad
Date:Tuesday July 7 2009
Time: 2:00PM

Comments

0
Ran about dementedly but was ultimately *****e and will never, ever be forgiven by me for getting on the coach for Thailand with Garrido the day after the Boro 8-1 grinning and arseing about.
Johnny Baguette
07/07/2009 14:13:00
0
Best of luck to Sun, he helped the club considerably in some of our less glamorous years. First Chinese player to score in the Premier League and scored more goals than Dong Fangzhou ever did for the Rags!
eighthsin
07/07/2009 14:47:00
0
Always gave 100%, never ever the best defender in the world,but I wish him him all the best for the future.
Buzz Lightyear
07/07/2009 21:07:00
0
I wish him well .....as was said above never the best player but always gave his all and you can ask no more of anybody.
Doody
08/07/2009 05:46:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Spurs In Town

The good news is that Manchester City Captain, Vincent Kompany is available for the first time since Boxing Day. The bad news is that Sagna, Mangala, Delph, Nasri, Navas, De Bruyne and Bony are out.

David Silva, who took a knock last weekend is expected to be available for selection.

Video Preview

(Video) Don't Sack Van Gaal Petition

BlueMoonRisingTV roving reporter went to Manchester city centre to see who wanted Louis Van Gaal to keep his job at Manchester United.

BlueMoonRisingTV & SpurredOn Discuss Best XI

(Video) Alex and Barnaby from SpurredOn thrash out a combined Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur combined eleven dream team!

Video: Top 10 Ex-Guardiola Players On City's Radar

We all know Pep Guardiola is coming to Manchester City in the summer, so, BlueMoonRisingTV looked at his current crop, and players who previously worked under him, then speculated.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor
Profile
Johnny Baguette
Profile
Pedmachine
Profile
Sedgie
Profile
Skoorb
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many trophies will MCFC win this season?
Suggested By: Tudor
Premier League10%
Champions League1%
League Cup18%
FA Cup2%
Two of the above11%
Three of the above1%
All four6%
City will not win anything this season51%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 26 11 8 7 41 9
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 40 10
7 West Ham 26 10 10 6 40 9
8 Watford 26 10 6 10 36 1
9 Stoke 26 10 6 10 36 -5
10 Everton 26 8 11 7 35 11
11 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 33 2
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 32 -5
14 WBA 26 8 8 10 32 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 28 -14
16 Swansea 26 6 9 11 27 -10
17 Norwich 26 6 6 14 24 -20
18 Newcastle 26 6 6 14 24 -22
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 4:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 21 2016 4:00PM : Chelsea (a)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 12:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 28 2016 4:30PM : Liverpool (a)
Capital One Cup
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Skoorb267
2.Buzz Lightyear244
3.Tudor236
4.Johnny Baguette174
5.Bluedub107
6.fifthcolumnblue66
7.johnkelv50
8.PhillyBlueMoon41
9.citizhun36
10.kennyclementstache24