The former Wigan midfielder had opportunity to join Reds as a teenager
1 Bring harmony from discord
Many City players were deeply dispirited at the end of a difficult few years under Roberto Mancini, finding it hard to tolerate the way the Italian criticised them publicly. City hope that an older man, with better interpersonal skills, will quickly begin recreating a team ethic. At the heart of chief executive Ferran Soriano’s philosophy is the notion of a core of players steeped in the City philosophy who will teach it to newcomers. It will be for Pellegrini to help introduce that.
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David Platt sounds warning after reigning champions won 2-1 at Old Trafford last night
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Manchester City midfielder "reluctantly" accepted the punishment
It really was what they said it might be – a Group of Death – and it has all but certainly deposited Manchester City from the Champions League at the first hurdle once again. But what we saw here last night was an act of self-immolation, a defeat which confirms that the club's own failings are the problem on an evening of dreadful defending and few chances created.
Neville solves mix-up over midfielder as experimental squad named for Italy friendly
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed his frustration at the lack of transfer activity at the Blues this season - once again pinning the blame on sporting director Brian Marwood.
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