Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why This Time Round Our Gary Has Got It So Wrong in Claiming That Wilf Won't Fit in at City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why This Time Round Our Gary Has Got It So Wrong in Claiming That Wilf Won't Fit in at City

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GARY Neville feels that Wilfried Bony is not the right fit for City.

And when a pundit as respected as the former United defender and current England coachspeaks out, it can send a chill down the spine of a manager, even one as calm and collected as Manuel Pellegrini, when his club has just shelled out Pounds 25million.

Neville's contention, in his Daily Telegraph column, is that Bony 'is not certain to add the kind of intricacy and ferocious intensity they found in the Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez partnership.' .

The only problem is that the Tevez-Aguero partnership is something of a myth. It is one that is widely held by City fans as well, when it was often said that City did not lose when those two started together.

That was true, as the Blues only lost one of the 22 games when they were in the line-up - the FA Cup final against Wigan.

But they only started 22 times together, as Roberto Mancini felt they were not a good fit.

In the 2011-12 season, when Neville thinks the modern City side were at their best, Tevez and Aguero started together seven times.

True, they won all seven and scored 11 goals between them, but all of those games were against lesser opposition - not one of them was in the Champions League, and only once, in the 1-0 win over United, was against a top-four team.

Until Tevez returned from self-imposed exile to help City over the finishing line in the title race, Mancini was reluctant to team them up - he usually played Aguero with Edin Dzeko, and Tevez with Mario Balotelli.

It has been the same with Argentina, with successive managers rarely playing them together.

Memories are maybe influenced by the 6-1 win at Norwich, when they truly did click, Tevez scoring three and Aguero two.

But for the rest of the time together, they were two world-class players in the same team, rather than a true partnership. …

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