How Manchester City would love to have a Adrien Rabiot lining up for them, rather than for Paris Saint-Germain, in the their second-leg clash against the French giants.
And that could’ve very much been the case, if the Citizens hadn’t – according to rumours – angered the midfielder’s mother with their treatment of her son:
“If the supporters were parents, they would understand,”
Veronique Rabiot speaking to Chronofoot
Rabiot had penned a six-year deal with the light blue half of Manchester, that would’ve turned into a professional contact at the age of 17, however, the highly-talented youngster was out of Manchester and heading to Paris just six-months after signing the deal.
The current-PSG player’s exit from the Etihad Stadium in 2008 came around the same time as Mansour was Sheikhing things up and Man City went from Jeff Whitley to Robinho in the blink of an eye.
Rabiot’s decision to move to the Parc des Princes certainly looks like a good one. However, to say he wouldn’t have been as successful at City is obviously hypothetical, but the sensible money would’ve gone on the French international never being heard of again, just ask Vladimir Weiss, Abdul Razak, John Guidetti, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Willo Flood and Ishmael Miller.
Sure, none of the aforementioned players are world-beaters, however, football is a game of fine margins and decisions, and City’s use of them – or rather lack of – potentially hindered the development of the once bright sparks.
Across the city, Louis van Gaal’s use of the Manchester United youngsters is one of the rare successful points of the Dutchman’s underwhelming time at Old Trafford – 14 academy players have been handed debuts under the Red Devils gaffer – and several have now become key components of United’s matchday squad.
Kelechi Iheanacho is the perfect example at highlighting Man City’s lack of faith in youth and desire in having a fruitful academy. The young striker has demonstrated on several occasions this season that, at the very least, he’s worth a gamble on.
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Manuel Pellegrini’s final season has been embarrassingly painful to say the least, so there really wasn’t too many reasons for the departing Chilean to give the guy with three goals from three Premier League starts a greater chance at succeeding – Iheanacho certainly represents a greater option that Wilfried Bony, who has been nothing short of a waste of space since his high-profile move from Swansea City.
Rabiot will, no doubt, be pulling the strings in midfield on Tuesday night, and City will only have themselves to blame.