‘My favourite moment? Denying Man United the title’

Date published: Thursday 1st March 2018 11:10

Steven Pienaar says that his “favourite moment” of his career was helping deny Manchester United the title in 2012.

Pienaar announced his retirement from playing earlier this week, calling time on a 19-year career.

The 35-year-old’s finest spell came in the Premier League, joining Everton in 2007.

He spent a decade in England, moving to Tottenham before returning to the Toffees, then finishing with Sunderland last year.

It was during his second time with Everton, where he returned on loan in 2012, when Pienaar enjoyed what he describes as his “favourite moment”.

The South African netted the final goal in a 4-4 draw between Everton and Manchester United at Old Trafford in April 2012, helping eventually hand the title to Manchester City.

“My favourite moment? Obviously, signing for Everton and scoring the equaliser against Man United to deny them the title – that was something special for me,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

Asked what prompted his decision to retire, he added: “My body was just a bit tired, I couldn’t get up anymore.

“My family has been supportive of the decision I’ve made and I just thought I have to be honest to myself, my body and my family.

“It’s a bit weird [no longer being a footballer], I’m just getting used to it. But it’s been playing on my mind for a while so I’m happy I can spend time with the kids, with my mum, with my wife and the family. I’m really happy.

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