Paul Merson uses Newcastle to make a point about Manchester City

Paul Merson

The Sky Sports pundit has been discussing Manchester City, using Newcastle United to get his point across...

Paul Merson believes Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is far too attacking - and thinks Newcastle could have scored four against his side when they faced them at the Etihad Stadium, according to his regular column in the Daily Star.

Pellegrini's men ended up beating Newcastle 6-1 but Merson feels the Magpies exposed some of City's flaws, which have also been on show in the Champions League.

And the former midfielder thinks Manchester City need to put winning before entertaining.

Merson told the Star: "What he’s done in the Champions League over the last three seasons, a season-ticket holder could have managed. He sets them up to play 4-4-2 and try to outscore their opponents.

"Newcastle could have scored four against them in the first half the other week. Pellegrini seems to fall into the trap of trying to entertain all the time when they play at home.

"You don’t need to entertain. You need to win."

It's safe to say Merson makes a lot of claims people don't agree with.

On this occasion, however, the Sky Sports pundit is surely on the money. Manchester City boss Pellegrini has been continually exposed in Europe and his favourite word during his early days at City was 'attractive.'

Clearly, the Chilean comes from a footballing culture where playing attacking football is the priority. But, as Merson says, that's not what will ultimately win you trophies.

That said, Manchester City fans won't be complaining too much if Pellegrini ends up with another Premier League title to his name this season. Newcastle also didn't score four goals at the Etihad - but they did concede six.

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