Why wasteful Jesus Navas should be sold by Manchester City

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The Spanish winger’s end product has been criticised heavily this season, and he should be sold this summer.

Manchester City suffered at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday, losing to their energetic and hungry local rivals.

The Red Devils ran out 4-2 winners at Old Trafford and if anything, the scoreline flattered the visitors, who were not at the races after a blistering opening 15 minutes.

City started extremely positively as United looked nervous but they were unable to get into the game after that, eventually losing their first Manchester derby since December 2012.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men could have been more than one goal in front before Ashley Young’s swift equaliser, but they did not take their chances.

Jesus Navas was the main culprit as both his finishing and delivery let him down when City worked themselves into decent positions.

The Spaniard found himself clean through with David de Gea, only to shoot straight at the goalkeeper with the goal gaping.

When fellow countryman Juan Mata got into a similar position in the second half, he showed magnificent composure to slide the ball through Joe hart’s legs to put the hosts 3-1 in front.

Like against Crystal Palace last Monday, in their previous away loss, Navas’s crossing was wayward. He did not pick out a man in the area, instead choosing to whip the ball in without looking up.

Not only was his crossing not up to scratch but his distribution in general was awful. He recorded a poor 63% passing accuracy and failed to complete a single pass inside the United box.

To add insult to his shocking offensive performance, Navas was a major culprit of not tracking back all afternoon. He was lazy at times and seemed unwilling to do his defensive duties. It is no coincidence that three of United’s goals came down City’s right-hand side.

It has been a similar story all season. The Spaniard is yet to score and has completed just 33 dribbles. His assist tally of seven is impressive on the face of it but he attempts a lot of crosses.

Navas has just not been good enough and City need a replacement.

Whether it be a big money signing or a hungry youth graduate such as the electric Brandon Barker, who has been exceptional for their Elite Development Side this season, Navas must be near the top of their ‘to sell’ list this summer.

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