The glee with which Kevin De Bruyne's injury has been greeted by fans of Manchester City's title rivals is a little sad, to say the least. But before those supporters get too carried away with celebrating the absence of one of the Blues stars for the next three months, they need to realise one thing. While De Bruyne is a special talent, City are less reliant on him than Liverpool are on Mo Salah, or Manchester United are on Paul Pogba. De Bruyne is the undoubted king of assists in the Premier League – he topped the chart with 16 last season. But in that regard, City are hardly desolate without him – De Bruyne only left Southampton clutching the PFA's first Playmaker of the Year trophy because his brilliant pass led to Gabriel Jesus' late winner. If the goal had not gone in, he would have shared the award with Leroy Sane, who finished the season with 15 – and he was followed by David Silva and Raheem Sterling with 11 each. Obviously, last season was a one-off, but the … [Read more...] about Liverpool and Man Utd fans shouldn’t be smug about City’s De Bruyne blow
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So you think Pep Guardiola has made just one addition to the team that was just too hot for anyone else in the Premier League last season? Look again. Riyad Mahrez - a club record £60m signing from Leicester - may be the only major recruit this summer, but 90 minutes at Wembley was enough to suggest Manchester City are ready to go again and could be better than ever. A 2-0 win against Chelsea in the Community Shield was an emphatic statement to rivals Manchester United and Liverpool as they bid to dethrone the champions. Pep Guardiola has been frustrated by his failure to secure a long-term successor to Fernandinho in midfield - and the sight of Jorginho in Chelsea, rather than City, blue, is sure to have sparked thoughts of what might have been for the Catalan. But if anyone was left second-guessing their actions on Sunday evening, it will have been the Italian. He saw first hand the job his new club - and any other in the top flight - have on their hands to wrestle the title … [Read more...] about Liverpool and Man Utd beware Pep Guardiola has significantly improved Man City
Manchester City are overwhelming favourites to retain their Premier League crown in 2018/19. City were devastating last season as they beat every side who lined up against them, and this term it seems the biggest threat stopping them from winning consecutive titles is themselves. Pep Guardiola's champions scored more goals and won more points than any side in Premier League history as they finished 19 points clear of neighbours Manchester United. This summer, Guardiola has strengthened his attacking options further with the £60m signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester. After missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea, the club insist they will not make any more major signings, so Guardiola's all-conquering squad will be trusted to retain their title. However, Liverpool and Arsenal have spent millions to solve long-term problems, Chelsea have appointed Maurizio Sarri as manager, while Manchester United and Tottenham are still in the market for reinforcements. So who will realistically … [Read more...] about Are Liverpool and Man Utd City’s biggest rivals for the title?
He was again substituted. He was booed off. He even appeared set to go straight down the tunnel before checking back and taking a place on the bench, but this was more like the Paul Pogba Manchester United have invested so heavily in as he drove them forward to defeat Bournemouth. Jose Mourinho had demanded a reaction and he got it. The manager made seven changes to the team who lost so dismally to West Bromwich Albion at home last Sunday, and the only hangover from that result was his demeanour. Stony-faced Mourinho did not celebrate either goal and spoke afterwards that he “still lives with the emotions” of that desperate performance. His players should take heed. But having called them out, they responded. Tellingly, despite those changes, Pogba started and clearly the message was that he had to do better, and eventually he did. “Top performance,” Mourinho said. “Obviously the performance against [Manchester] City was special because … [Read more...] about Paul Pogba hits heights and Man Utd rely on reserves of strength to cut through Bournemouth
Have you reached the point of such extreme boredom with transfer stories about Gareth Bale joining Manchester United that you would rather read Richard Littlejohn’s column in the Mail? Well there’s good news and bad news. First, as is traditional, the bad news – which is that you are currently reading yet another transfer story about Gareth Bale joining Manchester United. Sorry. But the good news is that the story claims the Red Devils are “no longer interested” in the Real Madrid forward, meaning you may never have to read another article about Gareth Bale joining Manchester United again. READ MORE: Arsenal were on the ropes against CSKA, admits Wenger READ MORE: Red Bull Salzburg stun Lazio to complete turnaround The Independent says it has “been told by those close to the Madrid hierarchy” that the Welshman is no longer seen as “intransferible”, which is definitely not a word in English but apparently is one in Spanish. … [Read more...] about Gossip: Man Utd have ‘zero interest’ in signing Bale, Tottenham and Chelsea ‘target West Ham’s Masuaku’, Salah latest