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Manchester City laboured to a first half lead courtesy of a goal by Wlifried Bony, whose marker Ashley Williams, obviously thought they still both played for the same team when he left him alone in the penalty area to head the opener.

City were missing Vincent Kompany, as usual, Sir Joe Aguero, as usual along with Nasri, Zabaleta and Fernando. Rather than play Kolarov, Pellegrini opted for Sagna on the right and my least favourite player, Gael Clichy, on the left. Clichy cemented his position in my mind as an average player by giving the ball away on at least two occasions and doing absolutely nothing else. Jesus Navas was picked so that Kevin De Bruyne could be reminded of his time at Chelsea. Navas, as is his wont at present, was also very ineffectual.

Swansea were restricted to a couple of first half chances, one of which they should certainly have scored from, but didn’t. So 1-0 to City at half-time.

The second half saw Fabian Delph enter the fray in place of Raheem Sterling. Clichy continued to give the ball away. City chased what appeared to be a much needed second goal as Swansea always looked like they might score.

Just past the hour mark Silva was replaced by De Bruyne, which I found surprising as I think they work well in tandem. As it was Clichy and Navas remained both on the pitch and totally ineffective. Fortunately for City, De Bruyne added urgency and impetus for a while which relieved any pressure Swansea had been able to apply.

Just after 80 minutes Bony was replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho. Again, nothing really happened until the 89th minute when City forgot to defend. A long through ball was played towards Gomis, Mangala was too far away from him and he blasted it past Hart.

That should have been it, a 1-1 draw but, shortly afterwards Yaya Toure had a speculative left footed shot from just outside the area which was deflected past Fabianski by Iheanacho

The bottom line is that, without playing particularly well, Swansea deserved a point from this game. The reason being that City didn’t play particularly well but, in football, the team which scores the most goals always wins.

Manchester United went to Bournemouth with only sixteen fit first team players. Of those sixteen, Borthwick-Jackson, Varela and McNair played in an inexperienced back four along with Daley Blind, who is a defensive midfielder in my totally ignored opinion.

There was no fault to be laid on the back four for the first goal, which Bournemouth managed to score directly from a corner, after just two minutes. De Gea, obviously with this kind of goal, was responsible.

United had decided that, with such a youthful back four, attack would be the best form of defence and they actually looked quite good for a while.

Their gameplan was to hit long diagonal balls to Depay or Lingard and occasionally straight ones to Fellaini down the middle. This was proving quite fruitful, so much so that they equalised through Fellaini after twenty minutes. A little fortuitous, Depay’s shot was parried by Boruc into the path of Fellaini, who almost crawled the ball into the net.

Ten minutes later United suffered their customary injury and Lingard was replaced by Pereira. In fairness this didn’t make a difference either way as Pereira was certainly as good as Lingard had been, if not better.

So at half-time it was 1-1 and United had been the better team, marginally.

Within ten minutes of the second half starting, Bournemouth had restored their lead. Another corner, another player unmarked and Josh King had an easy shot to make it 2-1.

Borthwick-Jackson, unfortunately, was not having a good game. On the first five occasions that he received the ball in the second half, he gave it away on four and lost it on one. Bearing in mind he was playing at left back, van Gaal had options which he ignored. He could have taken him off, moved Blind to left back and put Jones in the middle.

When he actually did make a substitution it was similar to the one in the Champions League.

In the seventy third minute he took off Fellaini, who was probably United’s best player, and replaced him with Nick Powell for his second appearance since that MK Dons defeat.

Needless to say, Powell contributed nothing and van Gaal had mis-managed United to another defeat. It is time for him to go to Portugal.

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