On Wednesday morning the Manchester Evening News reported that Vincent Kompany could have played his last game this season after injuring himself at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Manchester City’s captain was already a doubt going into the game and the thigh injury could see him miss about a month of action – ruling him out for the five remaining games.
It is a huge blow for the Belgian international, but does open up a window of opportunity for his teammate Eliaquim Mangala.
The French international has been under a huge amount of pressure since his £40 million arrival from FC Porto this summer. His performances have not been as the club would have hoped, but it is far too soon to rule him out completely.
The defender was definitely to blame for one of Manchester United’s goals on Sunday; he was caught out of position and played the attack onside.
Kompany himself has been no stranger to criticism this season and there is a theory that if you are questioning the performances of Demichelis beside Kompany, and Mangala beside Kompany, perhaps it is the common denominator that is the problem, not the two men playing with him.
This will be a chance for both defenders to show what they are capable of. Playing a handful of games together, plus training together as a unit will give both the fans and Pellegrini the chance to see if maybe it is the captain that is the problem, not his deputies.