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Manuel Pellegrini has been hit by a lack of decent cover for his injured players – especially in defence

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The Sport Matrix: Monday 11 November 2013

United continue revival as ‘nervous’ Arsenal fall to RVP

Manuel Pellegrini looks on from the touchline during Manchester City's 1-0n defeat at Sunderland

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: Manager Manuel Pellegrini left frustrated with City's away form

Four points taken from a possible 18 on the road for City

Phil Bardsley celebrates his winning goal against Manchester City

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City have lost four away league fixtures already this season

City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on with satisfaction from the City bench

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David Silva with Yaya Toure in training

David Silva injury: Manchester City playmaker could be out for four weeks, reveals Manuel Pellegrini

The Spain international picked up a calf injury during the midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 7 November 2013

Townsend’s father defends decision  to tackle Hodgson

Andros’s father Troy, left, appreciates the risk taken by Hodgson in picking his son

Troy Townsend: Father tries to help his son, Andros, plot path through the game

He gave up managing to guide the Spurs and England winger and to help the fight against racism

Phil Bardsley celebrates scoring Sunderland’s first goal at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland 2 Southampton 1 match report: Phil Bardsley breaks Saints to set up Capital One Cup visit to Chelsea

A rare Phil Bardsley goal helped to book Sunderland a Capital One Cup quarter-final tie with Chelsea as the defender continued his rehabilitation under Gus Poyet.

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill were on television pundit duty for Manchester United's Champions League match against Real Sociedad

Martin O'Neill warns he and Roy Keane will form a 'bad cop, bad, bad cop' partnership at the Republic of Ireland

The duo were confirmed as the new management team of the national side last night

Keane, Southgate and another difference of opinion

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Michael Carrick looks set to start in place of Frank Lampard when England face Poland

England v Poland: Michael Carrick expected to start in place of Frank Lampard while Chris Smalling also gets the nod - reports

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