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 By David Mooney

Vincent Kompany must accept the ax at Manchester City for poor form

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has defended Vincent Kompany over his captain's suspect form this season.

When the team was announced for Manchester City's 2-0 win over Leicester on Wednesday, it took only a nanosecond for the supporters to see that Manuel Pellegrini had made a big call.

He'd dropped captain Vincent Kompany, although after the match he was rather diplomatic and merely told reporters he'd rotated the team to keep it fresh -- and that went for others like Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Fernandinho, too.

However, it was abundantly clear ahead of the match that it was the only decision...

 By Simon Curtis

David Silva displays more of his usual class as Man City sneak past Leicester

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: James Milner (88') Manchester City 2-0 Leicester CIty
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: David Silva (45'+2) Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City

After 45 turgid minutes at the Etihad, Manchester City had barely raised a shot toward Mark Schwarzer's goal. With a single minute of injury time to be added on, it looked likely to continue in the same vein until the break, but a scruffy goal from David Silva summed up the football and -- just about -- City's bitty, untidy dominance of this game.

City fans have seen many scruffy, listless and uncoordinated games with comical moments of slapstick like Wednesday night's game down the years, but...

Manchester City handle business with 2-0 defeat of Leicester City

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: David Silva (45'+2) Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City

MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts from the Etihad Stadium after Manchester City claimed a 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Wednesday.

1. Manchester City back to winning ways

This was the calm after the storm for Manchester City. They had suffered twin defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool. A third successive setback would have rendered this their worst run since 2010 and heightened the scrutiny on the under-pressure Manuel Pellegrini. Yet at times such as these, the easiest fixture on paper...

 By Michael Cox

Manchester City's problems are caused by their players, not tactics

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manuel Pellegrini can get away with his 4-4-2 formation against lesser teams but not against top teams like Barcelona.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno does not believe Manuel Pellegrini's substitution pattern shows an attacking strategy, while Shaka Hislop thinks the Man City manager's message to his players is muddled.

After a week when Manchester City were convincingly defeated by both Barcelona and Liverpool, with 2-1 losses flattering the English champions on both occasions, manager Manuel Pellegrini's tactics inevitably came under fire.

For both contests, his 4-4-2 formation was outplayed in midfield and exposed between the lines, leading to many questions about whether the Chilean has the tactical nous necessary to get results against the biggest sides.

The 4-4-2 itself isn't necessarily a problem, although...

 By David Mooney

Man City must rebound and regain home dominance for Leicester's visit

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley pinpoints Manuel Pellegrini's tactics and inability to make effective changes to the lineup as reasons for Manchester City's recent struggles. Also, see why Craig wasn't a fan of Dortmund's 'Batman and Robin' celebration.
The ESPN FC team explain how Liverpool were able to exploit Manchester City's weaknesses on Sunday and agree Manuel Pellegrini's days as City manager may be numbered.

In years gone by, teams battling for survival in the Premier League would not have relished a journey to the Etihad Stadium. In the last few campaigns, it would have been seen as an "anything we can get is a bonus" game, with Manchester City likely to win, occasionally without really getting out of second gear.

That Leicester, a team performing below what many expected from them after a solid title win in the Championship in 2014, will fancy their chances of doing a job on Manuel Pellegrini's...

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The men who could replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley pinpoints Manuel Pellegrini's tactics and inability to make effective changes to the lineup as reasons for Manchester City's recent struggles. Also, see why Craig wasn't a fan of Dortmund's 'Batman and Robin' celebration.

Twinned 2-1 defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool in which a 4-4-2 formation proved utterly unfit for the purpose has made speculation rife about the future of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. That may seem a little premature, considering City could still beat Barca in the second leg of their Champions League tie and may even collect a second successive Premier League title.

However, both look to be distant prospects, and Pellegrini might consider the fate of his predecessor. By February...