Media gives verdict on Villa defeat
- 29 September 2013 09:06
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa is predictably the dominant theme in this morning’s media, as sportswriters try to examine how City did not emerge from Villa Park with all three points.
We begin with the Manchester Evening News, which does a good job of highlighting City’s dominant display, particularly in the opening 45 minutes when they showcased the class Manuel Pellegrini has available to him.
The paper’s Stuart Brennan writes: “They allowed Villa three chances – although Karim El Ahmadi’s equaliser was a yard offside – and paid three times, in a game where Joe Hart had nothing else to do but pick the ball from the net.
“The trouble was that City, for all their dominance, did not press home their advantage until late in the half, when Nasri’s corner found its way to Yaya Toure, and he prodded a shot underneath goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
“City started the second half in confident fashion, but then it all slipped away, undermined by a shocking miss by the linesman, who failed to spot that El Ahmadi was a yard beyond the last defender as he went through to score.”
Reported John Percy: “Andreas Weimann earned Villa a victory even the most hardened of Holte Enders cannot have foreseen as City's weaknesses were again exposed on the road, condemning Pellegrini to a stark reminder of the task ahead less than a week after thumping their Manchester rivals.
“Twice here they took the lead, after completely dominating the first half, but Villa produced a remarkable second half turnaround to settle an absorbing and unpredictable encounter.
“Time and time again the visitors exploited the huge pitch to threaten Villa's goal in the opening 45 minutes and although goalkeeper Brad Guzan was rarely tested, his defence were frequently stretched and on the back foot.”
Vincent Kompany also had his say on the encounter, and felt the Blues could consider themselves unlucky.
Finally, there is a morsel of transfer news to cast your eye over this morning, with the Metro claiming City are ready to offer Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj a January switch.
The Belgian was in action for 45 minutes yesterday at Old Trafford as United went down 2-1 to West Brom, and the report suggests City are now ready to tempt him away to the Blue side of Manchester.
It reads: “Januzaj, 18, is currently locked in talks with United over a new contract after David Moyes promoted him to the first-team squad over the summer.
“But despite the club suggesting they are hopeful of keeping the player, City have stepped into the race and have made it clear that they want Januzaj in the January transfer window.
“Manuel Pellegrini has given his blessing to move for the Belgian-born youngster, and City officals are proposing a £45,000-a-week five-year-deal if he walks out on United.”
Remember, if any transfers are confirmed in January, you can read it here first on mcfc.co.uk.