James Milner was booed by a smattering of Manchester City supporters when he touched the ball during Vincent Kompany’s testimonial.
The legendary City centre-back oversaw a team of current and former Citizens face a Premier League All-Stars XI to celebrate his 11-year stint at the club.
The 33-year-old left the Premier League champions this summer to re-join Anderlecht as player-manager.
Former captain Kompany – whose City career was plagued by injury in its final years – ironically missed out on his own testimonial due to hamstring injury.
But Milner was among those involved, coming off the bench to replace _____.
The Liverpool vice-captain spent five seasons alongside Kompany at the Etihad, making 203 appearances and scoring 18 goals while winning two league titles, an FA Cup and one League Cup.
But his spell with City ended unfavourably, as the veteran utility man rejected offers of a new contract to run down his deal and join Liverpool, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, on a free transfer in 2015.
The Reds have since emerged as City’s biggest contenders for the league title, with Milner earning a Champions League winners’ medal back in June after a tense title duel in which Pep Guardiola and co. came out on top.
But City fans’ main gripe with the 33-year-old has been some of the comments Milner has made in public about his former club since leaving.
Such comments as ones he made in March 2017, ahead of a clash with City, when he claimed the then-Liverpool team side were probably “the best team” he had played in have not gone down well with their fans.
A ‘#MilnersNotWelcome’ hashtag was shared on social media after the news Milner would be included in City legends team.
Some City fans also feel that Milner was somewhat of a hypocrite having left the club complaining that he did not feature enough in central midfield, only to play the whole of the 2016-17 season for Liverpool at left-back.
Former Leeds, Newcastle and Aston Villa ace Milner’s involvement in the match will help the Tackle4Mcr homelessness charity – set up by Kompany and the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.
The money raised from the game will go directly towards the charity initiative.