Marsh suggests City should have kept Milner and sold this player instead

James Milner outside stadium

James Milner joined Liverpool on a free transfer last summer.

Former player Rodney Marsh has suggested on Twitter that Manchester City should have kept Liverpool player James Milner and sold winger Jesus Navas instead.

City used Milner predominantly as a utility player in wide areas while the England international felt he is better suited in the middle, prompting his exit and subsequent move to Liverpool on a free transfer.

While Milner was not exactly a superstar at the Etihad, he was undoubtedly a reliable performer and in his place boss Manuel Pellegrini has opted for Jesus Navas to occupy the right wing position.

The Spanish international, while quick, energetic and hard-working, is understandably frustrating as his end product is poor for a so-called top player and his impact largely minimal.

Writing on Twitter during City’s 3-0 win over Chelsea, Marsh was infuriated with Navas’s poor display and suggested the club should have done more to keep Milner in place of the former Sevilla man.

Milner has gone on to enjoy a solid debut season with Liverpool, helping the Reds reach the League Cup final and the Europa League semi-finals where they will face La Liga side Villarreal.

Navas, despite incidentally becoming a League Cup winner via a Wembley victory over Liverpool, has not had his best season to say the least as he has failed to score a single goal in 29 league matches.

Still, the pacey winger can redeem himself somewhat by helping the Citizens edge past Real Madrid in the Champions League last four to set up a date with either Bayern Munich or Atletico Madrid in the final.

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