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‘I think it’s Michael Oliver who needs to face a bit of action.’ Man City & Liverpool fans react to Pep Guardiola

The clash between Man City and Liverpool yesterday really caused some debates. VAR could have been used at various times throughout the game but it wasn’t. Pep Guardiola was furious and The Football Manc Cave are looking at your reactions.

All the way through the game yesterday, different players were seen questioning decisions that were made.

Twitter was filled with fans debating the decisions made. However, the biggest reaction came from Pep Guardiola.

The Man City manager was very vocal on the sidelines. He was also seen slapping his head, shouting at the officials and in general, he wasn’t happy.

This was because of missed penalty opportunities, hand balls and other decisions that could have been settled with VAR.

Although, after the game, Guardiola was seen shaking all the players’ hands from both teams. However, he sarcastically shook the officials hands and said ‘thank you very much.’

It has since been confirmed that Guardiola will not receive any FA action over his conduct. However, this hasn’t stopped your reactions.

Twitter reactions

‘Man Of The Match is certainly VAR.’ Man City fans react to their loss

This weekend was a big one for Man City. They faced Liverpool and it was a chance for them to close the gap at the top of the table. However, a 3-1 loss has put them further behind the Premier League leaders.

VAR played a huge part in the clash. Debates started due to handballs, penalty claims and general missed decisions.

However, these decisions weren’t Man City’s only problem as they were 3-0 down before getting a goal back.

Fabinho put Liverpool ahead after only 6 minutes. Mo Salah then made it 2-0 after 13 minutes. Man City didn’t respond before half time.

Pep Guardiola was furious on the sidelines as he felt the officials were making questionable decisions.

Bernardo Silva managed to pull one back in the 78th minute. However, it came way too late as Man City struggled to score again.

The Football Manc Cave are now looking at your reactions…

Twitter reactions

‘At least we know who can save the day if this happens again.’ Man City fans react to Kyle Walker

Drama unfolded last night in Man City’s Champions League clash with Atalanta. Kyle Walker ended up in goal and here are your reactions.

There was a lot of drama in last nights clash. Man City went 1-0 up after 7 minutes with a goal from Raheem Sterling.

Things were going well until Man City got a penalty but Jesus couldn’t find the back of the net. Then Atalanta equalised in the second half.

At half time, every Man City fan and staff member was worried as Ederson had to go off and be replaced by Claudio Bravo.

So not only was Bravo in the net for the Atalanta goal, he also brought down a player in the box and got sent off.

This meant that defender, Kyle Walker had to put on a goal keeper’s shirt and take a new role. Here’s your reactions to that and his free kick save…

Twitter reactions

Wolves to go for Man City & Arsenal 19 y/o midfield target

According to SportWitness, Wolves, Man City and Arsenal are all battling it out for 19 year old, Dejan Kulusevski. Wolves have only recently come into the mix but seem to have made the biggest impact.

Kulusevski is a name that has been involved in transfer rumours for a while now. Arsenal have supposedly been monitoring him for months.

Arsenal have been linked with the teenager and rumours seem to be true. They have apparently asked about the cost of the player and the possibility of a deal.

Man City have been linked in the past. The players agent has addressed these rumours to say he doesn’t want to name names.

However, it is now Wolves who seem to be winning the race. They are meant to be offering €15 million but it seems that Atalanta are holding out for around €25 million.

About the teenager

Dejan is 19 years old and is owned by Atalanta. However, he is currently on loan with Parma.

He is a comfortable midfielder who can operate the right, left and in the middle.

Current form

In 11 appearances for Parma this season, he scored 2 goals and had 5 assists.

He seems to be finding his feet as a rivht winger. The teenager can only improve.

Man City should secure Champions League qualification with this midfield tonight

Pep Guardiola’s men face Atalanta away tonight in the Champions League. If Man City set up with this midfield, they should go through to the next round.

Man City are currently top of their Champions League group with 9 points. Pep Guardiola will want to qualify as quickly as possible.

However, he will have limitations tonight with a few players being out. Phil Foden is suspended and David Silva is injured.

Therefore, Man City will struggle in the middle. This is why he will probably go out with a 4-3-3 formation.

I predict that he will line up the midfield like this…

Gundogan

The centre midfielder’s form has been a lot better recently. Guarantee that he will be filling that central position this evening.

He will be aimig to guide the midfield forward while also assisting his team mates to a win.

Kevin De Bruyne

With David Silva being injured, De Bruyne will probably go out as captain.

He will also more than likely operate the left of midfield. However, the question will be, will he score, assist or both?

Bernardo Silva

David Silva will probably be replaced by Bernardo. All three will have to work together efficiently.

With my prediction for the formation would mean that there should be 3 players up front. I predict they will be Jesus, Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Rochdale’s 17y/o star being eyed up by Man Utd, Man City & Newcastle Utd for a January move

Rochdale defender Luke Matheson is being linked with a number of Premier League clubs with Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle all thought to be monitoring the 17-year-old, who has been tipped to have a big future.

Matheson made his senior debut for Rochdale at the age of just 15 when they faced Bury in the EFL Trophy, at the time becoming their youngest ever debutant. He was awarded the Man of Match award that night in what was an impressive display for his age.

Since his opening appearance, the youngster has gone to make 15 league appearances for Dale as he is now a regular in Brian Barry-Murphy’s team. The right-back enjoys driving forward, therefore, he is often involved in attacking plays his side produce.

The highlight of Matheson’s career so far came earlier this season in the Carabao Cup when he scored at Old Trafford against Manchester United to level the game at 1-1. Unfortunately for his side, they eventually lost on penalties to miss out on the giant-killing that night, however, all the headlines were about the ‘Rochdale wonderkid’ the next day.

Matheson recently signed his first professional contract with Rochdale in a three-year-deal. He is another product of the academy at the Greater Manchester club who have produced so many players who have gone on to play at a higher level. He has been at the club since the age of nine, so he is a real success story for their youth system.

Back in February, Matheson was called up into the England under-17 squad to face France where he started in the Three Lions’ 3-2 victory. He recently represented his country at an under-18 level too in games against Poland and Slovakia, the latter who they beat 1-0 on the road, so he is a player who is clearly rated by those who monitor young English players in this country.

Rochdale have made a mixed start to their League One campaign this season where they are 50/1 in the football betting to finish in the top six at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. Matheson is expected to continue to play lots of football as manager Barry-Murphy is not afraid to give the young players in his squad an opportunity to shine.

Higher hopes for Dale

Dale was in a relegation scrap last season but managed to survive with a late surge up the table at the end of the campaign. They are expected to finish much higher this season and still have hopes of finishing in the top six.

Newcastle has reportedly been scouting Matheson since January where they were initially impressed with his talent. Given his goal at Old Trafford though back in September, the two Manchester giants are also thought to now be interested in keeping him in the North West.

If a move for Matheson is made in either the January transfer window or next summer, he could be immediately loaned back to Rochdale in order to continue playing League One football which will help his progression at such a young age.

How is Man City’s Jack Harrison getting on at Leeds?

Jack Harrison is currently on loan from Man City to Leeds. He is impressing Leeds fans. It looks like he’s proving to the Etihad what they are missing.

The 22 year old left winger can also operate the right hand side of the pitch. He has also had previous loan spells at Middlesbrough.

Now he has joined Leeds and is trying his best to make an impression. He will be at Elland Road until the end of the season.

Harrison is a former England Under 21 international. After not being favoured at Man City, he chose to join Leeds.

This has worked wonders for him so far. He will be looking to improve with the more game time he gets.

Current form

According to Transfermarkt, Harrison has played 15 games so far this season.

In that time, he has scored 2 goals and made 4 assists. He also hasn’t picked up any yellow or red cards. It looks like the Championship is his place to shine.

Leeds

Om Saturday, Leeds played QPR. They won 2-0. One of those goals was scored by Harrison himself.

In fact, he played the majority of the game. He was only substituted in the 83rd minute which was clearly tactical.

Forget Madrid, Sterling can achieve more with Man City, agreed?

A ridiculous transfer story broke yesterday on Sky Sports. Real Madrid is to offer 70m + Gareth Bale for Man City’s Raheem Sterling.

Madrid has been desperate to offload the Welshman for some time now. With interest waning for the wantaway winger, Los Blancos seem a cash plus player deal may be the option to get him out of the door.

However, even non-Man City fans scoffed at reading the latest supposed offer. An injury-prone, out of form 30-year-old, in exchange for the Premier League’s red hot Englishman can not be a serious thought process, surely?

Sterling, at 24, is still a few years off ‘prime’ age for a footballer. With Man City growing as a club year on year, alongside Pep Guardiola at the helm. The future for Sterling surely would be blue.

Real Madrid brought back Zidane in a bid to stop their slump. The club finds themselves second in La Liga and five points behind in the Champions League group table. Furthermore, they seem to be still reeling from the loss of Ronaldo to Juventus. They see Sterling as the ideal long term replacement, despite signing Eden Hazard in the summer.

Even though Real Madrid are the most decorated European club side. In the near future, many would place their bets on Man City winning the Champions League before Madrid next do.

Inevitably most elite players opt for La Liga’s Real Madrid or Barcelona. However, for now, Sterling would be best placed at the Etihad if he is to be successful.

Man City fans, do you agree. Is Sterling going to be more successful at Man City than Real Madrid?

Man City Women will be looking to bounce back by dropping these 2 players

Nick Cushing has got some serious work to do with Man City Women. Their form has been poor recently and with that in mind, here’s two players who should be dropped.

It was an amazing start to Man City’s season in all competitions. Things looked to be going great.

However, things have changed since then. They lost to Man United in the FA Cup. Then they lost to Arsenal. To top it off, they lost to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this week.

Things have been quite disappointing. A lot of fans think that Nick Cushing has done all he can with the club. That is why this is a hard pick because maybe it is the management that needs a shake up.

That aside, here’s two players who need to be on the bench instead of in the starting line up against Birmingham…

Ellen White

Don’t get me wrong, White is one of my favourite players. I have been waiting to see her in a Man City shirt for a long time.

However, she has only just returned from injury. The rest of the team have gelled. Maybe she would benefit from being on the bench and being brought on to change things up.

Georgia Stanway

Another player who has only just returned from injury. When she is at her best, she never stops and is a threat on the pitch.

Although, she could benefit from being broight back into the squad slowly instead of being thrown in at the deep end.

Southampton’s defence needs to line up like this to halt Man City

Southampton will face Man City this weekend for the second time this week. They will be looking to make improvements to stop Man City scoring too many.

With the two sides facing each other twice this week, they will both kind of know what to expect from one another.

However, they will also both be looking to improve their performances.

Man City will be looking to win to close the gap between them and Liverpool. Southampton will be looking for any points to try and get them further up the league.

With that in mind, here is how Southampton should line up their defence to try and keep Man City from repeating their last performance…

Left back: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

The Southampton Captain obviously has to be on the pitch.

He will hopefully lead his team to a strong performance. After all, Southampton should have some confidence because they actually scored against Man City earlier in the week.

Centre back: Jack Stephens

In the game earlier this week, Southampton put out 5 defenders with 3 centre backs in the mix.

They should definitely do this again because they’ll need to be strong at the back. Jack Stephen’s also got Southampton’s only goal this week.

Centre back: Kevin Danso

The 21 year old seemed to switch off at times earlier in the week. However, it might have been related to the fact that Southampton’s confidence isn’t high.

Hopefully, now that he knows what to expect this weekend, he will remain focussed.

Centre back: Jan Bednarek

The final centre back position shoulf be Bednarek. Not only can he focus on his own game, he will be able to offer Danso some help.

Having 5 at the back will also allow them to cover any other positions if needed.

Right back: Yan Valery

The final position should be taken by Valery. I can imagine that even if the formation is changed, Valery would still be in the line up.

However, if anything is going wrong, Jake Vokins got a couple of minutes earlier in the week. Maybe bringing him on earlier will change things up.

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