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 By David Mooney

Fernando is no De Jong but that may boost Manchester City

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Sergio Aguero could be considered the third-best player in the world following his five-goal match against Newcastle over the weekend.
Fernando is getting back to form at Manchester City following a difficult spell.

For three-and-a-half years, Manchester City fans adored the work done in defensive midfield by Nigel de Jong. Signed by Mark Hughes in January 2009, he was a crucial cog in shoring up a leaky defence when Roberto Mancini replaced the Welshman.

In fact, the Italian made the Blues more secure almost straight away -- conceding 17 goals in his 21 matches in charge in 2009-10, compared to Hughes's 27 in 17.

De Jong formed part of the spine in the team during the next campaign, as City ended their 35-year...

 By Simon Curtis

Sergio Aguero and David Silva injuries crank up pressure on City

The ESPN FC crew look at who will finish in the top four in the Premier League.
The ESPN FC crew look at who will finish in the top four in the Premier League.

With the announcement that Vincent Kompany intends to play for Belgium in their final Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel on Tuesday, Manchester City fans will be forgiven for looking in the other direction as their captain takes to the field at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

"Vincent Kompany has participated fully in training and without any problems. I expect that he will be ready for the match against Israel," Belgian coach Marc Wilmots stated, adding the icy epithet: "He knows his own...

 By David Mooney

Kevin De Bruyne begins with a bang at Manchester City

The ESPN FC crew have been impressed with Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City since his debut.

Through circumstances beyond his control, Manuel Pellegrini wasn't able to gradually ease Kevin De Bruyne into the Manchester City first XI -- something he does with his new signings.

As De Bruyne began life at City on the bench for the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace back in September, he probably wouldn't have been expecting to be involved in the match midway through the first half. But a stray boot from Scott Dann injured Sergio Aguero's right knee and Pellegrini opted to introduce De Bruyne for his...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City target Philippe Coutinho to replace David Silva

After Juan Mata lauds Louis van Gaal, ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop tells Alexis Nunes which style of manager he preferred from his playing days.
Is Philippe Coutinho the next Liverpool star that Manchester City are going to poach?

The transfer window might be closed, but the rumours keep ticking. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals right here.

TOP STORY: Man City target Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp hasn't even been installed as Liverpool manager yet, but he has already got a major problem on his hands. According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City are preparing for life after David Silva, and they see Philippe Coutinho as the perfect heir to the Spaniard's place in the club.

Silva may...

 By Simon Curtis

Summer acquisitions stand to tip title race in Manchester City's favour

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has openly discussed a potential move to Major League Soccer after his career with Manchester City.

The purse strings were loosened at Manchester City during the summer with one obviously single-minded goal to the fore: to allow Manuel Pellegrini to improve on what had been deemed City's weak 2014-15 challenge. Enough cash was made available for the Chilean to purchase Fabian Delph, and on a much grander scale, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.

Eight games into the league season, and City are top of the table, two points clear of Arsenal and Manchester United in second and third, respectively....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sergio Aguero's goals earn him No. 1 in the Player Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner break down this week's Player Power Rankings.

Each week, ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top 10 performers from the weekend action, and the results are collated into a final Player Power Rankings countdown.

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

1. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

After scoring one in his first seven Premier League games of the season, Aguero hit form in a big way to net five times -- in a 20-minute spell -- vs. Newcastle. The haul matched the all-time...