Manchester City latest: Ex-keeper talks of dropping Hart and Rusnak shines

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The fall-out from Manchester City’s 3-2 loss at Cardiff continues, with the Daily Mail publishing a feature on the problem with makeshift defences.

Citing the partnership of Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia as the reason for City’s defeat, the article refers to the year Manchester United were forced to field Michael Carrick alongside a teenage Phil Jones in a 3-2 defeat against Blackburn. At the season’s end, United lost the title to City on goal-difference.

It is a memory no doubt worth stirring for Blues fans, and yet they may be on the other side of such fine margins if their defensive frailties are not quickly rectified.

Saying that, the imminent return of Matija Nastasic will do much to ease the concerns; but Manuel Pellegrini will surely dip into the transfer market one final time this summer, to sign a centre-back who was once regarded as unnecessary but could now prove vital to their early season form.

Then again it could all be down to the goalkeeper, with former City stopper Nicky Weaver claiming dropping Joe Hart may be in his best interests.

In an interview with Talksport he said, “When I look back at my career I played a lot of games early on and it might have been good if someone had pulled me out of the team for four or five weeks, then you come back refreshed and recharged.”

His quotes come after conflicting rumours surrounding David Platt and comments about City’s previous interest in Asmir Begovic.

City’s former assistant manager has since come out to deny making such statements, and we covered that story in greater detail earlier today, with the article found here.

And finally, City and Everton players of the past went head-to-head again as Manchester City’s Under-21s beat Everton’s Under-21’s 3-0.

The Blues are coached by Patrick Vieira and the Toffees by Alan Stubbs, and it was the Frenchman who won out. Two goals from Slovakian winger Albert Rusnak and one from Marcos Lopes secured the victory.

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