Manchester City latest: United target linked; Pellegrini praises club's ability to win

All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…

Manchester City overcame a gritty Crystal Palace side to win 1-0 on Saturday. The result temporarily took them back to the top of the Premier League table, but Arsenal’s victory over Newcastle means the Blues will have to make do with second-place going into the New Year.

City’s goal came from Edin Dzeko after good work by Jesus Navas, and speaking after the match, Manuel Pellegrini was less than impressed by the Eagles’ tactics…even if they nearly worked.

In quotes published by ESPN, the City boss said, “Just one team wanted to play and the other wanted to stay in their own goal. Our team was not fresh enough to make all the movements you have to do when you have 10 players inside their own box.”

Palace manager Tony Pulis hit back, saying, “Was that the team that cost £350million? I thought our lads were brilliant today and I don’t talk about other teams.”

Speaking to the BBC after the win, Pellegrini praised his side for showing their title credentials.

I think the team that wants to win the title must have different faces,” he said.

And while the Blues were not their usual dominant selves at the Etihad Stadium, they still finished the match with all three points.

In transfer news, the Mirror reports that the Chilean is happy with his current squad and has no intention of indulging in a spot of January shopping.

While the club’s hierarchy were said to be willing to open their coffers, the coach has other ideas and is said to be putting his faith in his current squad.

That said, the Sun claims City could offer Javi Garcia in part-exchange for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The former Chelsea man is excelling in Portugal and has been tipped both for a return to Stamford Bridge and for a move to Manchester United. But if reports are to be believed, Pellegrini is eying the Serbian as another midfield option along with the likes of Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.

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