How crit­ics laid into City de­fender

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Sept 2014

Man­gala wins his sixth cap for France in the 2-1 friendly win over Ser­bia but French sports jour­nal­ist Pierre Menes says the de­fender is “too of­ten out of po­si­tion, too of­ten on his heels and not alert enough. He is not conc­inc­ing at all”.

Oct 2014

Sam Al­lardyce reveals that his West Ham side tar­geted Man­gala as the weak link in Manch­ester City’s de­fence fol­low­ing a 2-1 win for the Lon­don side. “‘Maybe there should have been a bit more pro­tec­tion from other play­ers,” says Al­lardyce. “That wasn’t there and we ex­posed that.”

March 2015

Rod­ney Marsh, the for­mer City striker, pins the blame on the de­fender dur­ing a run of poor re­sults. “I think Man­gala has been a ter­ri­ble sign­ing. He’s shown noth­ing so far.“

April 2015

Gary Neville finds fault with Man­gala af­ter City lose the Manch­ester derby 4-2. “Man­gala doesn’t know the game, he doesn’t know how to play the cen­tre-back po­si­tion,” says Neville. “If you’re talk­ing about a team that can tac­ti­cally cause you a prob­lem, he will just go and chase. Rather than be­ing pa­tient and hold­ing his own, he will go and chase peo­ple into dif­fer­ent po­si­tions where he shouldn’t be.”

Dec 2015

“It all looks too much ef­fort for him,” for­mer City player Trevor Sin­clair says on watch­ing Man­gala deputise for Vin­cent Kom­pany. “He’s a lit­tle bit clumsy, his de­ci­sion-mak­ing is not great. At the mo­ment, he’s not do­ing enough.”

April 2016

For­mer Black­burn and Chelsea striker Chris Sut­ton slates Man­gala’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing. “You can­not give some­body a brain and that’s Man­gala’s prob­lem. Phys­i­cally, he is up there. He can run, he’s strong – but de­fend­ing is all about de­ci­sion­mak­ing. His de­ci­sion-mak­ing is just ap­palling.”

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