Stu­art Bren­nan

Stockport Times East - - M.E.N. -

EPORTS of the demise of Yaya Toure are greatly ex­ag­ger­ated.

The big Ivo­rian has been writ­ten offff, ques­tioned, slated and painted as a man on the thresh­old of the exit door in re­cent weeks.

But he re­minded ev­ery­one that, when his head is screwed on right, he is still a player who can take a game in the grip of his mighty paws and squeeze it un­til the op­po­si­tion pips squeak.

He was not alone. ThThere were oth­ers in this City team whose right to wear the sky blue have been ques­tioned in re­cent times – and most of them rose to the chal­lenge and made a state­ment.

No- one should get too car­ried away as West Ham looked like a team al­ready dreaming of the hotspots of Dubai, or Do­minique, or wher­ever foot­ballers spend their sum­mers th­ese days.

But City needed a dom­i­nant dis­play, needed to re­mind them­selves that they ARE still cham­pi­ons, and can still play qual­ity foot­ball.

They did just that, and

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