Manchester City

Raheem Sterling: ‘Premier League title more important than individual recognition’

City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title. Raheem Sterling says being nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award will mean nothing if Manchester City do not win the Premier League title. The England international is one of the favourites for the honour, with his main rival Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk. City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title and Sterling, who revealed he voted for Harry Kane, his England team-mate not making the six-man shortlist, is interested solely in helping his team. “It’s nice to be recognised on that front, but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League, I don’t really want to be in contention,” he said. Raheem Sterling voted for England team-mate Harr...

Manchester City not interested in bidding war for Atletico Madrid’s Rodri?

Manchester City reportedly have no interest in becoming involved in a bidding war for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. Manchester City have reportedly decided that they will not pay in excess of their valuation of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. City will be in the market for a new defensive-minded player for the middle of the park during the next transfer window, and Rodri has allegedly been identified as a potential signing. However, according to Sky Sports News, City have no intention of getting themselves involved in a bidding war for the Spaniard. The 22-year-old has a release clause of just over £60m, but there is the suggestion that City may look to sign the player for less than that figure. Rodri has made a total of 42 appearances during his first campaign at Atletico having sig...

Pep Guardiola hits back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘fouling’ claims

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at suggestions from his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he might condone ‘tactical fouling’. The United manager said he expected City to “snap at their heels” and foul his side in Wednesday’s crunch Premier League derby at Old Trafford. Solskjaer is not the first United boss to have claimed City might strategically foul opponents high up the pitch to prevent counter-attacks, with his predecessor Jose Mourinho having mentioned it last season. Guardiola wasn’t too impressed by suggestions from Solskjaer that his side commit tactical fouls #MCFC pic.twitter.com/S2d3NoGzoN — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 23, 2019 “When we win it we have got to be ready for their aggression because they will snap at your ankles an...

Raheem Sterling: ‘Level of competition for places behind improvement’

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling hopes his – and other players’ – stance on racism will help eradicate it from grounds within the next decade. The 24-year-old has been a prominent figure in the fight against abuse and discrimination from the stands, with his treatment at Stamford Bridge earlier this season thrusting the issue into the headlines. Since then there have been numerous other incidents but Sterling hopes by taking action now he and his fellow professionals can avoid further pain in the future. “It’s difficult. I wanted to bring light on not just one situation, but on my past experiences, things I’ve felt and know speaking to other players, something I felt I needed to say,” he said. “We’re trying, not just me, to make a change tha...

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne out for the rest of the season?

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly in danger of missing the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly facing a struggle to return before the end of the season. De Bruyne has sustained two notable knee injuries during the current campaign, but the Belgium international has now been sidelined with a hamstring problem which was picked up against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The playmaker has already been ruled out of Wednesday’s Manchester derby, but according to The Sun, the 27-year-old is not expected back until the middle of May at the earliest. The report adds that De Bruyne could potentially recover in time for the FA Cup final with Watford, which takes place on May 18. De Bruyne has been restrict...

James Milner admits he will be supporting Manchester United in derby

James Milner admits he will become a Manchester United supporter for the first time as Liverpool hope for an advantage in the Premier League title race. Milner counts United’s three great rivals – Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester City – on a 17-year playing CV that has seen him rack up more than 600 senior games. But the 33-year-old midfielder will put history to one side in the Manchester derby on Wednesday when  City meet United at Old Trafford. Another big performance 💪🏻🔴🔙🔛🔝#waaarrrmmmm ☀️#dryyyyyyy 🔥#robbointhesunsecondhalf 🥵#lifeintheoldboyyet 👴🏻 pic.twitter.com/WsjcTLfhwR — James Milner (@JamesMilner) April 21, 2019 The derby is City’s game in hand on Liverpool and victory will restore their one-point lead at the top with three matches of the season remaining. “First time in my life,”...

Manchester City to break transfer record for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri?

A report claims that Manchester City are ready to trigger the £60.6m release clause in Rodri’s Atletico Madrid contract, making him their record purchase. Manchester City are prepared to break their transfer record to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, according to a report. The Citizens are believed to have focused their attention on recruiting the Spain international as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho in the holding-midfield position. Atletico are not looking to sell the 22-year-old, but The Telegraph suggests that he has a £60.6m release clause in his contract and City are ready to trigger it. Rodri has been watched up close by City scouts and director of football Txiki Begiristain in recent weeks, it is claimed, and the reigning Premier League champions believe that h...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Manchester City

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Wednesday’s blockbuster derby with Manchester City at Old Trafford. Manchester United will be expecting a response in arguably the biggest game of the Premier League season so far when they welcome local rivals and title-chasing Manchester City to Old Trafford on Wednesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side were humiliated at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton ran riot with a 4-0 drubbing, making it back-to-back defeats during which time United have shipped seven goals without scoring. Indeed, it is now six losses from their last eight outings across all competitions ahead of Wednesday’s derby, which could prove to be a pivotal contest in the top-four race as well as the title race. Here,...

Manchester derby – six of the best at United

The 178th Manchester derby will see title-chasing City visit a United side licking their wounds from Sunday’s 4-0 humiliation at Everton. City cannot afford a slip-up in their tense battle with Liverpool, while United fans will demand a response – even as they wrestle with the idea of beating City to put Liverpool in pole position for the title. Here, Press Association Sport looks at six of the best derbies to have been played at Old Trafford. Denis Law (second left) scored for City against his former club in 1974 (PA) Denis Law’s backheel did not actually relegate Manchester United – they would have gone down regardless given results elsewhere – but the former United star thought he had condemned his former team to the drop and refused to celebrate. Law later said he “al...

Ashley Young urges Manchester United to respond to Everton thrashing in derby

Ashley Young believes Wednesday’s derby gives Manchester United the perfect opportunity to bounce back from their Everton horror show. United were thrashed 4-0 in an embarrassing capitulation at Goodison Park on Sunday. They have now lost six of their last eight games in all competitions and this week’s visit from in-form, title-chasing rivals Manchester City seems the last thing they need. United were comprehensively outplayed by Everton on Sunday (Martin Rickett/PA) Left-back Young feels the opposite should be true. The 33-year-old said: “We have got another tough one coming up on Wednesday, a Manchester derby. I don’t think we have to speak about that – we know how important that is going to be. If you can’t get yourselves up for a Manchester derby there is...

Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid in for Bernardo Silva?

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva emerges as a rumoured summer transfer target for European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Manchester City reportedly risk losing Bernardo Silva to a European rival after missing out on Champions League success this season. The Citizens suffered an away-goals defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals, ending their hopes of landing an unprecedented quadruple. Spanish outlet Don Balon suggests that Pep Guardiola has lost credit with his bosses and the club may now have to rethink which players stay on. Bernardo has been a shining light for City this term, but the report indicates that he may be one of those to make way as Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are prepared to spend big to secure his signature. PSG will allegedly offer the P...

Pep Guardiola hails “special” Phil Foden

Pep Guardiola recognised Phil Foden was destined for stardom the day he arrived at Manchester City. The highly-rated 18-year-old academy graduate further underlined his huge potential with the winning goal in title-chasing City’s tense but crucial 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday. Foden has been spoken of in glowing terms at City for some time but his introduction to the first team, due to an abundance of quality in the squad, has been gradual. Phil Foden was City’s match-winner on Saturday (Martin Rickett/PA) Just two of his 12 Premier League appearances this season have been starts but the decision to field him from the beginning against Spurs – in such an important game and in place of David Silva – was potentially significant. “This guy is special,” said C...

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