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Man City Women are going to regret letting this player go

Man City women got off to a great start in the Women’s Super League and the Champions League, however, are they going to regret losing this player later down the line?

Nick Cushing’s side started sloppy against Man United in the opening game of the season but thanks to a bit of magic from Caroline Weir, they managed to take all three points. They were back in action again this week against Lugano and were much more impressive as they won 7-1.

Ahead of their campaign in the Women’s Super League, Nick Cushing’s has some recruiting to do and brought in England favourite, Ellen White. The only issue was, he had to let go of Nikita Parris. She signed for Olympique Lyon and is now playing alongside England teammate, Lucy Bronze.


Man City won’t look back now that Parris has moved on, however, Nick Cushing may regret letting her go if the Blues manage to advance in the Champions League. 25-year-old Parris is a goal scorer and she’s proved that already for Lyon when she scored after only 3 minutes against Marseille.

Lyon is also second in their league after taking all 6 points from 2 games and their goal difference also stands on an impressive 11.

Man City obviously had a great opening campaign in the Champions League, although, so did Lyon. They managed to beat Ryazan 9-0. So let’s say both teams advance to the later stages of the competition, they could end up facing each other.

They’ve met before in the semi-final stages and Man City have been knocked out by Lyon. If this happens again, Nikita Parris could be a threat to the Blues and this is where the regrets will come from.

Man City has the strength and options of other talented players to fill positions, so they shouldn’t be too bothered by the loss of Parris until it comes to the latter stages of the Champions League.

Her experience and talent will see her perform well for Lyon and only get better. However, it will be nice for Parris to return to Manchester to see her old teammates, it just won’t be nice to see her being on the winning team if City can’t go all the way.

The one reason why Sané’s still a Man City player

According to Manchester Evening News, Leroy Sané’s possible move to Bayern Munich in the summer didn’t fall through because of his knee injury. The Football Manc Cave take a closer look at their reasoning.

Sané was a player who’s future at Man City was questioned all over the summer. He had made a big impact on a Pep Guardiola’s side in pre-season and generated interest from clubs all over Europe. One club was Bayern Munich, however, that deal fell through.

The winger suffered a knee injury just before the start of the season which was a huge blow, and people believed that this is one factor to why he stayed at Man City. The Manchester Evening News have now revealed that the actual reason that the move fell through was because of the player’s high wage demands.

High price tag, high wage demands

He already had a price tag of around £137-£145 million on him, so high wages on top of that are definitely going to cause a club to take a second look at whether he’s a sensible option or not. The German transfer market only closed this week and fans were speculating in case the player decided to still make a move for Bayern and continue to heal and recover with them.

It was only when the clubs sporting director spoke on the matter and confirmed that the real reason was due to financial issues. Another theory that has been brought up is that Sané was using Bayern Munich to make City up their money, and then he could get the best out of the deal. Some also think he was trying to see who would offer more money to him.

Now it’s just a matter of time to see how he recovers from his knee operation but it is said that Bayern Munich could look to renegotiate a deal with him in the new year. This will all obviously depend on whether he is fit again, although his contract at Man City has less than two years left on it so a move may be on the cards either way, just not right now.

What will exciting Man City 21y/o bring to Hearts

Man City will be possibly loaning out Ryotaro Meshino to Hearts in order to boost his development. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things he will bring to the club.

According to Edinburgh News, Hearts boss, Craig Levein is optimistic about the work permit that could be being granted in order to let 21-year-old Meshino move on loan. Pep Guardiola’s side only recruited him earlier this month, however, traditional Man City style could see him going out on loan to build his own experience and development but also to build his reputation.

The deal has not yet been completed for the midfielder, although hopes are very high for Hearts. If plans go ahead and he does get the decision going on his favour, what could Meshino bring to the Scottish side?


He hasn’t played an awful lot of top tier football so far. Yet he made the transition into becoming a member of the first team at Gamba Osaka earlier this year after he managed to find the back of the net 7 times in 4 games for the Under 23’s side. He’s also been noted to always have an eye for goal, pass a lot and dribble with the ball where and when it’s appropriate. He’s a clever player that will bring a lot of skill to Hearts.


The transition from Japanese football shouldn’t take him too long at all as he’s used to around 28,000 home fans piling the pressure on him. There will be a lot of pressure on the 21-year-old and expectations he’s not used to, however, if he’s going back into Pep Guardiola’s side, it’s something he will have to get used to.

Not only will he be bringing a lot of skill and creativity to Hearts that will hopefully result in goals, but Craig Levein and his team can also prepare him for what it’s going to be like to play over here.

Sterling hat-trick, 5 goals & a clean sheet, and still Man City’s boss demanded more. Here are 2 things he would have learnt

The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things we learnt from watching Pep Guardiola’s Man City side that beat West Ham 5-0 at the weekend.

The opening weekend of the Premier League always brings surprises and the opening weekend of the league and this one was full of goals. With Manchester City’s closest competition, Liverpool winning 4-1 the night before, it was a goal war on the opening weekend to determine who would go to the top of the league at this early stage.

There was some VAR drama in the game although the decision was seemingly right and an awful penalty taken by Aguero got fans talking, it was a good job he got a chance to retake it.

So aside from these factors, what could be learned from the team’s performance this weekend?

Leroy Sané

When the news came in that Sané would be put for some time while he undergoes surgery due to an injury, it was a big blow. He had looked positive in pre-season and was expected to be a big part of the season for the Blues. Speculation started to grow to who would start and in what position for Man City.

I predicted that Sterling would drop to a wing position and Jesus could go upfront alone. This is exactly what happened and Man City still performed brilliantly. Jesus got on the score sheet and Raheem Sterling managed a hat-trick which was brilliant for my fantasy football team. This shows that the team can produce that same level of football without a key asset.

Training Standards

Off the back of my first point, this also proves that Pep Guardiola’s side has training standards higher than any other Premier League team. This is because other teams could have a player out injured and you’d be able to tell. With this Man City side, I honestly believe that there’s always someone else that can cover or drop into a position and perform to the same standard.

Look at when Kevin De Bruyne was out and Bernardo Silva had to reinvent himself, they still won the league. Vincent Kompany has left yet the defence is still tight. Guardiola apparently still had improvements that he wanted his squad to go over after Saturday’s performance, which is why his players always give it their all. The pressure clearly makes them strive and this is why they will win the league once again this season.

Lowdown: Who is Man City’s 22 y/o Spanish winger target

We’re extremely close to the start of the football season and teams are putting final touches on training, plans and transfers. Today The Football Manc Cave are looking at Man City’s new rumoured player of interest.

According to en.as.com, Man City are willing to pay Mikel Oyarzabal’s release clause for him to move to the Manchester side. Pep Guardiola has had to consider that Leroy Sané is still linked with Bayern Munich so he may need a replacement. Real Sociedad are reluctant to let their striker leave, however, Manchester City has contacted the player’s representatives to let them know of their intentions to activate his £75 million release clause.

So Who Is He?

Oyarzabal is 22 years old and he shone during Spain’s Under 21 success this summer. He is well respected by his club and the fans of Real Sociedad, as he took over the title of the ‘heart of the club’ from Xabi Prieto. This is one main factor to why the club is trying their best to keep their player.

The winger also came through the youth ranks at Real Sociedad and Eibar. As well as his success with league football, he’s also appeared for Spain’s Under 18’s, 19’s, 21’s and their senior squad. Since signing for Real Sociedad professionally in 2015, he has appeared 132 times and managed to bag 33 goals.

His current contract with Sociedad currently runs to 2024. So it would be down to the player to make a decision on whether he wants Premier League football and to be a part of Pep Guardiola’s side. Our guess is that the players’ representatives will be asked to do everything they can, to try and keep him at his current club.

Worth Mentioning

Fans should also consider the fact that Athletic Bilbao cane knocking for the striker previously and Real Sociedad rejected their advances. This was at a time when Oyarzabal’s release clause at a much smaller fee. However, it’s not like Man City can’t afford the prices asked, and the Blues are a big appeal to players who want to boost their career even further so we will have to wait for the player’s decision.

Leroy Sané is also holding up this decision as Pep Guardiola will have to wait on his future, as that will determine whether he does need a replacement or not.

Man City Women: 2 strengths, 2 weakness that will see them win the league

Manchester City will hopefully win the Women’s Super League this season. Nick Cushings has been busy this transfer window which determines his hunger for the title.

The Blues managed a 2nd place finish last season behind Arsenal. A lot of his players have been out in France over the summer taking part in the World Cup and have now returned hopefully with the ambition do impress.

The Football Manc Cave looks at 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses that will have an impact on their 2019/20 campaign which will hopefully see them win the league.

Strength 1: Ellen White

I personally am so excited to see Ellen White in a Man City shirt this coming season. She was brilliant in the World Cup and even managed to bag third place in the golden boot race, which arguably she should have had a higher total after VAR ruled a few of her goals out.

She will more than likely be hungry to be successful as she goes up against her ex-club, Birmingham City. She will also be on the same team as her England teammates and be aiming to win something this season.

Strength 2: World Cup

All teams in men’s and women’s football have pre-season friendlies only Manchester City have practically had all summer to warm up. Keeper Karen Bardsley, defender Steph Houghton, midfielder Jill Scott and striker Ellen White are just a handful of the players who Phil Neville took to France this summer.

They all looked really promising as they played great football and only failed at the semi-final hurdle which again, was a great fight. As well as this giving a lot of Nick Cushing’s side the chance to bond, it also should give the players a need for a win. This hopefully will be the League.

Weakness 1: Arsenal

Last season saw Arsenal win the Super League with 54 points. Man City finished 2nd with 47 points. It’s clear to see that Arsenal will more than likely be Cushings’ biggest competition but hopefully, his team will be hungry and motivated enough to get a few more points this year in order to try and catch up with the Gunners. With Man United now in the same league, they’ll be hoping to take all 6 points possible from their rivals which could be crucial.

Weakness 2: World Cup

Now, this was obviously a factor I chose to go in the strengths of this article, and I do believe it will have some positive impact on the club going into their new campaign. However, I also think it will leave some of the players feeling deflated as they have suffered semi-final losses before and this time was no different.

Even though new fans and bigger crowds should convince the likes of Steph Houghton and Jill Scott that their World Cup efforts were widely appreciated. I can imagine that it’s still hard to get over losing to the USA.

Manchester City fans will have to hope Nick Cushings can convince his players to give it their all and push for the title.

Man City offered player for Sane, fair swap?

Manchester City’s Leroy Sané has been in and out of the transfer window gossip this summer, and this week the Football Manc Cave has seen another rumour.

According to Sportwitness, David Alaba has been linked with a move away from Bayern Munich. Wednesday’s edition of the Catalan Newspaper, Mundo Deportivo claims that Alaba has been offered to Man City in a swap for Leroy Sané.

Bayern Munich apparently wants to offload Alaba in a swap deal for the Man City star or for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele. There’s no suggestion as of yet from the Manchester side on whether the rumours are true or not. However, Sané has been a big part of Pep Guardiola’s pre-season team.

Fair swap?

There’s some that will say if a deal can be negotiated with some money on the table as well, that this would be fair. When you look at the existing Man City squad, however, it’s a different story.

A lot of fans have realised that if this rumour is true and if it was to go ahead, it would leave the Blues with four choices for their left-back position. While it’s always good to have options, he’s definitely not needed. As well as being no place for Alaba in the squad, he’s also older than Sané.

Alaba is 27 years old and known as a defender and midfielder. He’s blossomed as a left-back in recent years so it’s now his comfortable position. Leroy Sané, on the other hand, is 23 years old and known as a winger and attacking midfielder. It just doesn’t seem like a fair deal in terms of what Man City gain from this.

Man City fans also value Sané and wouldn’t want him to go, especially not now. He’s at a young age and he’s proving himself in the squad.

We should probably also mention that this is only a rumour and that the German stance on Alaba is very different. This is probably more realistic also but apparently, he is not for sale.

Man City should line up against Kitchee FC with these two youngsters involved today

As Manchester City continue their pre-season tour of Asia, The Football Manc Cave look at what their starting eleven should look like against Kitchee FC.

Pep Guardiola’s side made the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend and even though it’s only classed as a pre-season warm-up, his team failed to collect the award. The game finished goalless which resulted in a penalty shootout that Man City lost 3-2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite the loss, this game saw a lot of the City squad get a chance to play.

In the second half, there were plenty of substitutes that saw Guardiola’s side have nearly a complete team makeover. As well as giving youngsters a chance to play, this also gives Man City a chance to look at their new captain. Vincent Kompany’s departure has left that role vacant. The name of the player taking the armband has been up in the air. The Man City boss has stated that his squad will be picking their new leader, which is why these pre-season games have seen Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have a go at leading the side.

Personally, I think David Silva should captain his club in what will be his last season at the Manchester side. With that in mind, this is the side I have picked for their game against Kitchee FC on Wednesday.

Quite a few of the squad such as Sergio Aguero and Ederson are entitled to holidays before joining Man City again, as they’ve been busy in other commitments over the summer. This gives other players a chance to shine for Guardiola.

Claudio Bravo has had a lot to do in pre-season, as he’s had to play in a penalty shoot-out and replace Ederson while he’s not available. He will surely get picked again on Wednesday.


Angelino didn’t get a start in their last game so maybe he should be considered as fans want to see him play. Taylor Harwood-Bellis has played well for Man City in Asia and again, he didn’t start their game against Wolves so he should be considered to be in the starting line up. Aymeric Laporte was subbed in the second half of the last game however he should definitely be in that starting line up. Finally, Kyle Walker, again, he wasn’t started on Saturday and should be given a chance. Guardiola has proven he has other options now.


The midfield line I have changed completely. Players that were brought on to try and drive for a goal in the second half against Wolves, should be given an opportunity to start. Fans want to get a chance to see Rodri in action and he can always be brought on at any point but Lukas Nmecha, Bernardo Silva and IIkay Gundogan should all get a chance.

The main topic of conversation, David Silva should definitely start as captain. Kevin De Bruyne started as the leader of the pack on Saturday, as a bid to take the armband for next season. David Silva should have the chance to prove himself again.


Leroy Sané and Ben Knight should be given the chance to start up front together to see how they work as a duo. Raheem Sterling can always replace the young striker, and there are also other options on the bench in case Pep Guardiola’s side aren’t performing how he imagines.

This is only pre-season and a chance for youngsters to show their worth, as well as senior members to prove they need to stay in the lineup.

2 reasons why Dani Alves to Man City is a waste of time all round

The Guardian has revealed how Dani Alves is out of contract at PSG and Man City have shown an interest.

Despite the fact he’s now 36, it looks like he still wants one more shot at big-time football. The right-back had achieved a lot under Pep Guardiola when they were together at Barcelona.

Even though Alves will be eager to have a season in the Premier League, however, there may be a few issues to why a move to Man City may not happen.

Putting the rumours aside that Tottenham has reportedly held talks with the defender. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two things that will stop the Brazilian from reuniting with Pep Guardiola…

No Room

He’s a right back and Man City already have a reserve in Danilo to fill in that position if needed, so there’s no potential room for Alves. If the 36-year-old does want to move to the Premier League, he will not want to spend his time warming the Man City bench.

Reaching the twilight years of his career, he will want to make the most of the time he has left. This is why he may benefit from weighing up his options and browsing other clubs in the top flight of English football.


In 2017, Alves turned down Manchester City’s advances to sign him.

So what’s changed now? Apart from the fact he’s out of contract and could potentially be looking at clubs in the Premier League, I don’t see why he would go back on the decision now. Especially when he’s not guaranteed playing time. This news is only fresh this week so I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more in the coming days regarding the Brazilian’s future.

How Man City’s starting 11 could look against West Ham Utd

Pep Guardiola has been on a mini spending spree this summer with Man City bringing in a couple of new faces.

The back to back Premier League Champions have added a sprinkle of freshness in this summer transfer window. Which will be much needed as they aim to go for three titles in a row.

It all kicks off on August 10th against West Ham United. The Football Manc Cave takes a stab at the starting line up come 12:30…


Ederson is the obvious choice of ‘keeper but then it gets tricky. With Vincent Kompany’s departure at the end of last season, Man City have been on the lookout for a replacement so choosing the back four was a little difficult. However, I’ve gone with Kyle Walker, John Stones, Laporte and new signing, Angelino. Who has only just signed to the Manchester side again after spending some of his youth at the club.


Guardiola has a list of players to choose from when it comes to his midfield. Following his recent record-breaking signing, Rodri, it didn’t make the choices any easier. So Bernando Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva all should be able to help Rodri fit right into that midfield line up.


I have then gone with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling because, why wouldn’t you? That was probably the easiest part of the pick.

David Silva has stated how this may be his last season with the Manchester side so he has to be a big part of this squad. Not only will fans want to see him have an amazing climax with the club, but I’m also sure people are hoping that Rodri could learn a lot from him enough to fill his shoes.

I’ve generated this team with real-time signings. However, this transfer window has been no stranger to twists and turns as Pep’s team have been looking at players such as Joao Cancelo and Harry Maguire too. If any more signings do happen for the Manchester City, I’m sure this starting eleven will shift again although, for the time being, there are players like Delph and Zinchenko who can be back up plans.

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