Eliaquim Mangala returns to the starting line-up for today’s Barclays Premier League game with West Ham United. Manchester City manager will be hoping to see some better form than the man that cost him £32m has offered up thus far.
If Mangala does not produce the goods today, and City lose, Pellegrini may out the exit door sooner than the summer departure that many have predicted. However, with Vincent Kompany so off-colour for much of the season, his replacement won’t have to do a lot to eclipse the club captain.
Here’s how fans on Twitter reacted to Mangala getting the nod:
Mangala starting Liverpool have a chance actually
— Materrera (@aliabbas_virani) April 19, 2015
"Mangala in for Kompany" well Man City are going to lose
— Alistair Way (@FilmInterpreter) April 19, 2015
Encouraging to see Demichelis and Mangala at CB. Accident waiting to happen, let's hope for once we can capitalise #WHUFC
— WHU Scott (@whuscott) April 19, 2015
That team will do. Maybe a few of them will prove theirselves today. Yes, Mangala, I mean you…..I see the potential
— Mel (@MellesBellesMcr) April 19, 2015
Man City haven’t lost three Premier League games in a single month since November 2008 but they have already lost two April this season. However, West Ham are not in a much better moment and have lost seven points from goals scored in the 90th minute (and injury time) this season, more than any other team.