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Vincent Kompany's goal hints at what might have been for Manchester City

Vincent Kompany and Manchester City celebrate the opening goal.
Vincent Kompany scored against Southampton for his first goal since August 2015.

You'd have to be an ogre not to be happy for Vincent Kompany. It's not just the injury hell he's been through; it's also the fact that he's an all-around class act -- I got to know him a little bit when he worked for ESPN during Euro 2016 -- as well as being a tremendous footballer.

Kompany scored the opening goal at Southampton to send Manchester City on their way to a 3-0 win on Saturday, and you could tell from his celebration just how much it meant to net for the first time since August 2015, while making only his fourth league start of the season.

Pep Guardiola might also be left to wonder how this season might have been different if he had had a fit Kompany throughout the campaign. We may never find out, but it would be fascinating to know whether Guardiola and City's doctors truly believed the defender would be available for most of the year or whether this was a huge miscalculation.

To read more of Gabriele Marcotti's thoughts on what happened over the previous week, click here.

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