A £32 million addition earlier in the summer, Eliaquim Mangala's dismal start to life in the Premier League has become one that is increasingly under the microscope but the Frenchman - touted one of the most gifted up-and-coming centre backs in world football during his time at FC Porto - has been given words of advice from legendary Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.
A 57-year-old pundit for the BBC, Lawrenson won it all during his time at Anfield as he collected five league titles, a hat-trick of League Cup winners' medals, an FA Cup triumph and a European Cup title in 1984.
Considering the level of intensity in the Portuguese league pales in comparison to what is witnessed in the top tier of English football on a week by week basis, Lawrenson has called for patience when assessing Mangala, 23.
"That could be him having just arrived from Porto, where he probably only had half a dozen tough league games a season, but he needs to adjust to the intensity of the Premier League where any team can beat you and embarrass you."
Manchester City take on Manchester United on Sunday.