Is this how Man City will line up under Guardiola including Sane and Bonucci?

first_img 11 11 11 11 RB – Bacary Sagna – The ex-Arsenal right-back proved to be a reliable member of the City side last season and Guardiola could prioritise other positions first, so Sagna could be safe for now under Guardiola’s reign. 11 ST – Sergio Aguero – Guardiola inherits one of the world’s best strikers in Aguero and he is sure to get the best out of him, providing the Argentine stays fit. He is a proven goal scorer and can create moments of magic out of nothing, so he is extremely likely to be a focal point in their strongest XI. CM – Kevin De Bruyne – The Belgian playmaker justified his hefty transfer fee last season, scoring 16 goals for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. The 24-year-old was a big miss when out for around two months with knee ligament damage. He returned to show he can be a key component in Guardiola’s new-look City side. CB – Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – The 29-year-old defender is attracting interest from Guardiola’s City and Chelsea, according to Corriere dello Sport. He could cost around £48million, but his addition would undoubtedly shore up their defence. As Euro 2016 gathers pace, impressive performances see Manchester City linked to further targets. Pep Guardiola has already sealed his first summer signing – Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund – and he is likely to add more in another summer of big spending at the Etihad. Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is said to be nearing a move to the Citizens from FC Ufa in Russia – but he is expected to be a signing for the future – while they will not be getting top defensive target Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao after he signed a new contract.READ MORE: Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola eyeing goalkeeper reunion, plus £50m battle with Jose Mourinho and Nolito newsWho will join the Guardiola revolution? Click the right arrow, aboe, to see the full XI, in a 4-3-3 formation and comment with your thoughts. LB – Gael Clichy – Like Sagna, the Frenchman could be seen as reliable for now, while Guardiola concentrates on recruits in the centre of defence and further up the field. The 30-year-old made 28 appearances last season, including the League Cup final victory over Liverpool. CM – Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) – The Citizens are said to have joined the race for the Frenchman after his impressive performances at Euro 2016. His agent Mark McKay this week told Sky Sports the 29-year-old would cost ‘ridiculous money’ if he is to be prized away from east London. GK – Joe Hart – Guardiola is said to have his reservations about the goalkeeper due to his distribution and performances at Euro 2016 could be key to his future at the Etihad. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been linked with a move to City, reuniting with his former Barcelona boss, but his arrival is unlikely to unseat Hart from the number one spot. 11 11 11 CM – Ilkay Gundogan – The midfielder agreed a move to the Etihad from Borussia Dortmund for around £20million. The Germany international recently told Manchester City’s official TV channel that he hopes to be back from a knee injury towards the early August/September. Guardiola will know what type of player he is bringing across from the Bundesliga, having seen his side come up against the 25-year-old on a number of occasions. RW – Nolito (Celta Vigo) – The Spanish winger could be set to join his compatriot in the north of England. Reports this week suggested 29-year-old Nolito had agreed a move to the Etihad – despite initially hoping to rejoin Barcelona – and he described City as his ‘new girlfriend’, according to the Manchester Evening News. LW – Leroy Sane (Schalke) – The 20-year-old winger is attracting interest from across Europe and reports this week suggested Guardiola’s side could be favourites to secure his signature. In the 2015/16 season, the Die Konigsblauen player made 42 appearances, netting on nine occasions and laying on seven assists. The speedy winger, who enjoys cutting inside, is currently at the European Championship with Joachim Low’s Germany, so a deal worth a reported £40m could be put on hold. CB – Vincent Kompany – Guardiola is said to be concerned about the Belgian’s fitness, hence the interest in Bonucci. If Kompany is injured, he also has Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi to call upon. 11 11 11last_img read more

Man Utd sink to possession low in derby defeat

first_imgPremier League Out-passed, outclassed – Man Utd sink to possession low in derby defeat to City Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jesse Lingard Manchester United Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester City Stats Jose Mourinho’s defensive approach did not pay off in the end and his side’s ability to retain the ball was at its worst level in years Manchester United’s derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday saw the Red Devils post their worst possession percentage at home in the Premier League for quite some time.Jose Mourinho’s men were beaten 2-1 by their rivals at Old Trafford with goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi granting City the victory.Despite being at home and desperately in need of a win to keep their title hopes alive, United were reduced to the role of spectators for much of the game as City dominated the play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player By the end of the match, Mourinho’s side had the ball for just 35 per cent of the time, which is their lowest percentage at the venue in the competition since the 2003-04 campaign – 14 years ago.2 – Manchester United have conceded two goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League for just the second time under Jose Mourinho (also conceding two v Man City in September 2016). Flashback.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 10, 2017Silva gave Guardiola’s side the lead towards the end of the first half, but United hit back immediately through Marcus Rashford.However, Otamendi capitalised on a Romelu Lukaku mistake to power his side back in front.City held on to claim a pivotal victory, one which moves them 11 points clear at the top of the table after 16 games, and United’s title hopes are now beginning fade. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more