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Will Ferrell Takes Over As Man City Manager ... Sort Of

Will Ferrell visited the Etihad for Manchester City and Aston Villa's Premier League match and couldn't help himself from having some fun.

By Tara Bennett
Will Ferrell

Did you know actor/comedian Will Ferrell has a footie fetish? Yes, Ferrell actually co-owns MLS' Los Angeles Football Club and he’s currently in the UK making the rounds of the big football (soccer for us Yanks) venues on a "recruiting trip." On Sunday, he stopped at the Etihad for Manchester City’s Premier League match against Aston Villa.

But before the action started, Ferrell was captured on TikTok getting comfy along the Manchester City bench, where manager Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff would normally sit, and joking with his Man City tour guides. 

@mancity Introducing a few face in the dugout: Will Ferrell! 👋 #ManCity #Football #WillFerrell #Soccer #LAFC ♬ original sound - Manchester City

Of course, Man City and his LAFC aren’t in the same League, so they’ll never kick it out for real, but who can blame Ferrell for having loyalty to his own? 

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But that doesn't mean he can't forge connections with his British counterparts. Take Man City midfielder Jack Grealish. After they met at the game, Ferrell posted on his Instagram: "Great to meet my new British friend Jack Grealish at the Etihad today. He told me to buy Birmingham City and to get them relegated to League 2."

That’s some diabolical strategy. We applaud them both. (Though if he wanted to buy Birmingham City, we're sure he could ask Ryan Reynolds for advice.)

During the actual game, Ferrell even crashed the Sky Sports broadcasting box and roasted former player-turned-announcer Gary Neville, saying, “We don’t need to hear from Gary, we’re bored stiff by Gary! Sorry, I watch religiously … until you speak."

He then confirmed the savvy reason for his trip, joking: "I’m on a recruiting trip for LAFC, I’m just seeing if they measure up to MLS. I watch a fair amount [of football], I don’t really have a side over here, I just enjoy following the storylines. It’s obviously a very good league, I’m going to go out on a limb and say there are some very good teams and players here."

For those who aren’t into Ferrell’s sports life, worry not. His vocal talents include starring as Reggie, the abandoned dog in Universal’s "Strays" out in theaters June 9, 2023. 

You can watch the next ManCity game live on Feb. 15 and 175 Premier League matches, and 175 exclusive EPL games per season only on Peacock Sports.

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