Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Stuart Brennan

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Stuart Brennan

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¦¦¦ HOW MUCH DOES PEP TRUST MANGALA? THE centre-back had a 'For Sale' tag around his neck in the summer and was close to a £23m move to Crystal Palace on deadline day.

The France international made it plain he wanted to stay and fight for a place, and found himself fourth choice centre-back.

But with John Stones injured and Vincent Kompany's fitness always seemingly on a knife edge, he has suddenly become part of the plans through necessity.

He started against Feyenoord, a game that hardly mattered.

Whether Kompany can be risked in three Premier League games in an eight-day period is the question - and if not, whether the manager picks Mangala for one of them, or finds another solution.

¦ UNBEATEN RECORD BECKONS The Blues have ripped up large sections of various record books this season, and if they can avoid defeat in the home games against Southampton and West Ham, they will close in on another. …

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