Pellegrini tends to set-up City in a 4-2-3-1 formation. However, with Aguero’s inability/reluctance to remain in the centre-forward position, the Citizens often end up in a 4-2-4 with no real focal point. It has become quite clear that City’s current formation feels a lot like square pegs being pushed into round holes.
The criticism that Martin Demichelis has received during his time in Manchester has been over-the-top and unfair. However, the Manchester Derby was a particularly hard one for Demichelis, with the centre-back consistently made to look a fool by Marcus Rashford.
— Manchester United (@MUFCScoop) March 20, 2016
Demichelis’ decline from seasoned pro to ‘past it’ centre-half, all in the space of 45 minutes, was representative of the rapid decline this Manchester City squad and the defensive troubles that have increased tenfold during this campaign.
Arsenal fans were happy for Gael Clichy to go, found Aleksandar Kolarov is as frustrating as he is impressive, and feltVincent Kompany can no longer be relied upon due to injuries. In the meantime, Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi are the footballing equivalent of the Chuckle Brothers.
Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are the only two that still carry some sort of merit, but they’re on the decline and could certainly be upgraded upon relatively easily.
Be Rid Of Jesus Navas
The Spanish winger should definitely be considered one of the worst Premier League signings of all-time. He certainly wouldn’t make the cut if you were compiling a ‘top 10’. However, if you were putting together a ‘top 50’ then the City winger should definitely make the cut.
Navas consistently offers nothing to this Manchester City side, despite consistently being selected; he bottles it in front of goal, continually delivers woeful crosses and just offers no threat in the final third.
Trust in Kelechi Iheanacho
Louis van Gaal has got a lot wrong across the way at Old Trafford. However, his use of the youngsters this season has been commendable and City could learn a thing or two.
Bony’s inability to even pass himself off as an average footballer has meant that City have struggled for goals when Aguero has had his regular spells on the sidelines. Given those struggles, Pellegrini’s reluctance to use Iheanacho as a starter this season has been surprising and disappointing.
Sell Yaya Toure
If when he isn’t doing so, his agent is running his mouth off in the press. But there was a time when City and their fans would be quite happy to let the big Ivorian get away with it. Such was his importance on the pitch. Now, though, his lethargic and half-hearted appearances are hindering City in the middle of the park, and the moments of magic are no longer outweighing the ‘I didn’t get a birthday cake’ comments.