Gary Neville has responded to Manchester City's team selection for their latest match with a comment about their failure to show faith in their younger players.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini opted to start midfielder James Milner up front for the Blues against Crystal Palace in the absence of a recognised front-man while teenage forward Thierry Ambrose was on the bench and 18-year-old Jose Pozo was not in the match-day squad.
Tweeting prior to kick-off, the former Manchester United right-back said, "Wouldn't today have been a good time for City to show us what young talent they have by starting a youth centre-forward with all the regulars injured."
Instead City played a makeshift forward, despite having seen the success of United teenager James Wilson, who netted a brace on his debut last season.
United have also given Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and Tom Thorpe first-team chances this season but their fierce rivals have opted - at least for now - to stick with experience as they bid to retain the Premier League title.
Wouldn't today have been a good time for city to show us what young talent they have by starting a youth CF with all the regulars injured.— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 20, 2014