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Man City fans unhappy after they scrape win ‘Should have been 10. Pep out’

It was a huge day for Man City, their 125 years anniversary and a statement win against Watford.

After last weeks disappointing and shocking loss to Norwich, Man City fans expected a win today against Watford. That’s exactly what they got. Today also marked their 125 year anniversary which was shown on their social media pages as their theme was changed to an old vintage kind of look.

Raheem Sterling failed to make the starting line up which messed up a lot of people’s fantasy football, including me. Pep Guardiola knew what he was doing, as the goals just kept on coming. It was 5-0 in the first 18 minutes of the game. Here’s your reactions…

Man City Women looking to continue their great start this weekend…

Nick Cushing’s side has had a brilliant start to their season in all areas. The Football Manc Cave is taking you through what’s to come this weekend.

I went to Man City’s first game of the season at the Etihad against Man United women and even though they won 1-0, they didn’t impress too much as it seemed a little bit sloppy. A lot of fans said that their performance would need to improve if they were going to contend for the title.

I know they still have some improvements to make, however, their recent score sheets prove that they are working on their mistakes and as a Man City Women’s fan, I am happy.


So they took all three points on the opening game of the season and they had their Champions League opening clash. They travelled to Lugano and won 7-1. They then came back to the UK and played Reading away and won 2-0.

They’ve managed to keep two league clean sheets and win, then they’ve managed to succeed in the Champions League. However, Everton has also opened their campaign with a 1-0 win and a 2-0 win so they are joint top of the Women’s Super League.

This Week:

This Sunday at 2pm will see Man City take on Leicester City Women at home in the FA WSL Cup. So this is another competition they will try to succeed in. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Blues as Leicester are in the Women’s Super League 2 and sit at 10th out of 11th. Although, anything can happen.

And that’s why Man City need to stay focused, as they will then have their second leg of the Champions League a few days after this clash with Leicester. The weekend after they will play Everton away, and they will both be looking to beat one another to fight for that top spot.

Team News:

In terms of who’s been playing well and should remain in that starting line up, goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has been brilliant and been receiving a lot of praise. She kept Man City in the game against United and she has been just as consistent with the other games.

Caroline Weir has shown what she can do with the ball from a great distance and Pauline Bremer has also been performing brilliantly as she scored both goals against Reading. She has returned from injury and showed what she is capable of. Let’s hope the Blues can keep it up.

If Fernandinho had any sense, he would be begging Man City to go for 67m rated defender this winter

Man City need some back up in defence and the January transfer window may be a chance for Pep Guardiola to recruit.

Guardiola is having to deal with injuries at the back which means Fernandinho has had to slip into a defensive position and he’s doing quite well. He went out as Captain in their recent Champions League fixture and they managed to keep a clean sheet.

Otamendi has been the player accompanying him in the centre back position, in the absence of the long term injured Laporte and Stones.

Not only do Man City face stiff competition to claim the third title on the trot from Liverpool, who will no doubt run them close again this season. Guardiola also has a defensive headache in the first half of the season, that is sure to test the Citizens.

However, in the meantime, the Brazilian should be asking Guardiola to consider recruiting an experienced back up plan for the second half of the season…

Kalidou Koulibaly

The 28-year-old centre back currently plays for Napoli and they will probably do everything they can to keep their defender. However, Koulibaly has only played for Genk, Metz, Saint Die and Napoli so a move to a Premier League side, especially Man City, could be tempting for him.

A reported target for City’s neighbours Man Utd in recent times, he seems to fit the mould that both Manchester clubs need. Koulibaly has a strong passing game, which would suit the Pep style of play, with an average of 87.7% pass rate already this season – It seems a no brainer

Man City’s back-line needs this player to step in against Watford today

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how Pep Guardiola should be lining up his Man City defence after those mistakes at Norwich.

In probably the biggest shock of the season so far, Norwich beat Man City 3-2 last week after City’s sloppy defence allowed them to lose three points.

The defence at the Etihad has been a big talking point for fans all summer, with Vincent Kompany leaving a hole and then now Laporte and Stones are both injured. Questions have risen throughout the summer and even more so now, on who would have to step up and take responsibility.

The injury blows were unexpected and it was clear that the team weren’t ready and prepared for that last weekend. However, they bounced back in the Champions League when they beat Shakhtar 3-0.

The defence that Guardiola put out should be used from now on.

Right Back

Kyle Walker has taken his place in the team and earned it. That right-back position is his and he will be the starting man for Guardiola going forward. In the Champions League fixture this week, Walker started the game but was replaced later on by João Cancelo.

This is sensible as Guardiola needs his starting 11 to be fit and ready for the league games although, at least fans know that there’s back up there if needed.

Centre Backs

Fernandinho and Otamendi should then be placed in a central defensive position. Otamendi will have to be used in this time of trouble for the Blues, but one tactical position change that the City boss made recently was to put Fernandinho in a defensive position and let him adapt to it.

He went out as captain in the Champions League fixture and the defence kept a clean sheet, which says it all. They need a voice at the back to keep them going.

Left Back

Zinchenko has been starting at left-back and should continue to do so. When the Blues faced Shakhtar this week, he played the full 90 minutes and even had Benjamin Mendy on the bench in case he was needed.

Mendy did make an appearance but he replaced Rodri instead. It seems like Guardiola is starting to get things under control at the back, or at least that’s what fans hope.

Man City fans happy to see midfielder going further afield ‘If this is true, I am glad. would not like seeing him play to another team in Europe’

According to the Independent, David Silva could be joining David Beckham’s new Miami team.

David Beckham is setting up a team out in Miami and is out on recruitment. Beckham knows what it’s like to be world-famous and then brought into an American team to bring in a wider audience. Now it looks like he’s using the same tactics as a business plan.

In the team that he’s calling Inter Miami, names like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been mentioned. However, one name that seems more realistic is Manchester City legend, David Silva. He’s already spoken about how he wouldn’t want to join another Premier League team after his time is up at Man City, and that will be at the end of this season. So, could a move to America be on the cards?

Here are your reactions…

2 pros and 2 cons to Man City bringing in Serie A defender on loan to replace Laporte

It isn’t new news that Aymeric Laporte is out for Man City. However, it is new information that he’s had surgery which may put him out for longer than expected. The Football Manc Cave have picked out a player who Guardiola could get in on loan.

If Pep Guardiola wants his team to battle it out for the title again with Liverpool, then he needs to sort the defence out as soon as possible. The loss this weekend against Norwich was down to defensive mistakes. It’s unfortunate for the Blues because they knew they’d have issues at the back when Vincent Kompany left, but things have gotten worse with injuries.

Now that it’s really affecting their play, it’s probably time to find a replacement and that might have to happen in the January transfer window. Virgil Van Dijk and Laporte have both been compared to one another because they are deemed the best defenders in the Premier League.

Guardiola would have to find someone of that standard and one man who does live up to that is, Kalidou Koulibaly.

Here are two pros and cons for if the 28-year-old was to have a loan spell in Manchester…

Pro: Liverpool Wanted Him

With Liverpool being City’s brightest competition in the Premier League, how great would it be to take a player that they wanted in the past? They’ve admitted that if the deal with Van Dijk wouldn’t have gone through, Koulibaly would have been their next choice. That also proves that he’s up to standards.

Pro: Experience

He’s worked hard to get where he is. He’s spent his youth years at Saint-Dié and Meta. He had to work his way up through Meta’s B team so that he could break into their senior squad. The Frenchman has also played for Genk before moving to Napoli. He’s had 158 appearances for his most recent side since 2014.

Con: Own Goal

Every player has a bad game, every player makes mistakes, however, Koulibaly scored an own goal for Napoli a few weeks ago which handed Juventus a win. Mistakes like that happen from time to time but can Guardiola take a risk like that at this time? Absolutely not.

Con: Too Late

No matter who Guardiola decides to either bring in or work up from development, it could be too late. City has already thrown away points against Norwich which should have been a clear win. January is too far away for this defence to be sorted because of the number of games that will need to be played first.

It’s the work on the training ground that needs to be looked at with the players that Guardiola already has available and from all levels.

Man City’s 2 key fixtures in 2019 to claw back Liverpool’s lead

Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t have a performance that went to plan this weekend. The Football Manc Cave are working out where they can claim some points from to work their way to the top of the league.

The City boss is known for winning. He’s known for getting the absolute best out of his squad and always piling the pressure on his players no matter who they are playing. They faced Norwich this weekend who were putting out a last minute team, as most of their first choice squad were injured. If you were betting, you would have gone with Man City all day.

The shocking loss to Norwich notwithstanding, Man City remain odds-on favourites to win the 2020 Premier League title, sitting at 2/3 compared to league-leading Liverpool at 3/2. Most sites reviewed here don’t view the five-point gap between City and Liverpool as much of a hurdle with 33 fixtures still to be contested. But closing the gap will require the Reds to do something they haven’t done in 14 straight league matches, drop points at home or on the road.

Now we are looking at which fixtures Man City should definitely take some points from in the remainder of 2019, that will get them back on top…


Man City’s next League game will see them face Watford at home. This should see the Blues take all three points and quite easily if they don’t have the same issues they did against Norwich. Watford is bottom of the league, yet to win and City should be able to take advantage of that.

If they can take three points from this, that will take them to 13 points. They need to catch Liverpool’s 15, however, they’ve given themselves a massive job to do as Liverpool have played 5 and won 5, City has lost one and drawn against Tottenham so these three points are crucial.

Man United

On the 7th of December, Man City will have their derby against their rivals at the Etihad. By this time, hopefully, City would have gotten their defence in order and Pep Guardiola would have them on a winning streak again.

Man United aren’t performing great at the minute and City will be hoping to take all three points from the Red Devil’s, especially on home soil. There are other games that will be easier for the Blues along the way, however, getting three points against Man United will be better than claiming them off a team who are in a relegation spot.

The defence at City is clearly an issue, anyone can see that from the highlights of the Norwich game. So playing a team like Man United who recently only beat Leicester City 1-0 and didn’t have many chances at all, should be an easier game for the defenders.

Man United Women are going to regret letting this player go

Man United, unfortunately, lost their first game in the Women’s Super League. The Football Manc Cave are looking at a player that they go who they may regret letting leave in the future.

When I went to the Etihad Stadium last weekend to see Man United Women take on Man City. I expected about a 2/3-0 win and the blues to make it look easy. This wasn’t exactly the case as Man City only just managed to keep it 0-0 at half time. A brilliant save from Ellie Roebuck kept Man City in it and a moment of magic from Caroline Weir, allowed City to take all three points.

Man United looked like they are prepared for this league and ready to contend for a good spot in it. It’s early doors so fans will have to see them take on some more teams first to get an idea of their game plan but so far, things look good.

If United manage to keep the standard up. Alongside, Casey Stoney keeping them in the league, she has said before that she won’t give up until she’s achieved winning the Super League with Man United

I know that’s ambitious, but it could well happen in the future as Stoney’s plan of winning the league would result in them taking a Champions League spot. If this happens in the future, will they regret letting their ex-captain go?

Alex Greenwood

The 25-year-old defender was Man United’s captain and even broke into the England team. She was a part of the original Casey Stoney squad that helped them gain promotion to the Super League. Personally, I think she was a big part of the clubs plans for this season and the motivation for some of the players.

Unfortunately, she left for Olympique Lyon over the summer and fans was gutted. She’s currently out injured at the minute but will be looking to recover and develop.

If Man United Women do end up in the Champions League at some point in the future, they could end up facing their ex-captain. Although that is a big if. The fans, players and club as a whole will always hold a special place in their hearts for Greenwood, as she was a part of the original squad.

They’ll always regret letting her go, however, it will be nice for United fans to see her progress.

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.

Man City’s best 11 from the FIFA 20 ratings is ridiculous

Man City, unsurprisingly, have the highest rated squad in England, on FIFA 20.

Let’s kick-off in goal. Ederson has had a huge jump in rating, now at 88, is the fourth highest-rated goalkeeper in the league. The 93 kicking is his highest attribute, probably fair, I’ve never seen a ‘keeper kick a ball as far in my life, scary talent.

At right-back, I imagine every man and his dog will be picking Kyle Walker in Ultimate Team. Not because of his 84 rating, but due to his 91 pace, that’s harsh in my opinion, I’d be giving him 95+. At left-back, controversially perhaps, Benjamin Mendy is rated better than Oleksandr Zinchenko. Despite Mendy rarely playing in the past two seasons, and Zinchenko nailing down a starting spot.

Aymeric Laporte is rightly the second-best defender in the Premier League, behind Virgil Van Dijk. Alongside him, you can opt for John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi. Both are rated 83, take your pick. The ball-playing Englishman, or tough-tackling Argentinian?

Man City’s midfield

In the holding role, Fernandinho is rated at 87. His card is so well rounded, a top player in-game and in real life. Rodri has seemingly taken his position in the starting 11, however, the Brazilian has been a top servant to Man City over the years, and will do a job when called upon later in the season.

Kevin De Bruyne is the only Man City player to be rated above 90, as he gets an upgrade to a 91 rated card in FIFA 20. His stats are ridiculous, too. 86 shooting, 92 passing and 87 dribblings. A must for any side. David Silva isn’t bad either, just the 88 passing and 89 dribbling for him. Two wonderful midfielders that are probably the best in the Premier League.

Onto the devastating forward line. Leroy Sane doesn’t make the cut, which tells you everything you need to know. Bernardo Silva lines up on the right-wing, with an 87 overall. Raheem Sterling on the left, 93 pace and 89 dribbling. I expect Walker to have something to say about Sterling having more pace than him, interesting, depends on the distance. While Sergio Aguero is City’s second highest-rated player with 89 and leads the line.

A ridiculous team in real life. A ridiculous team on FIFA 20.

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