How critics laid into City defender
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”.
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.”
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.“
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.”
“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.”
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.”