Pellegrini starts with defeat

Manuel Pellegrini's first friendly match in charge of Manchester City ended in a 2-0 defeat to Supersport United in Pretoria.

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Yaya Toure: Left the field before the end of City's defeat

Yaya Toure: Left the field before the end of City's defeat

Mame Niang and Kermit Erasmus scored second-half goals as a City side featuring new signing Fernandinho were beaten in the first of two matches in South Africa.

And there was a moment of concern for Pellegrini when Yaya Toure limped from the field before the end.

The Chilean fielded two sides in the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational, including Fernandinho for the first half and starting with Javi Garcia alongside Vincent Kompany at the back.

Captain Kompany twice rescued his side before half-time, clearing from his own goal-line and later producing a perfectly-timed tackle, and there were several other chances at either end.

Aleksandr Kolarov and Edin Dzeko went close for City, the latter denied when sent clean through by Samir Nasri.

Youngsters Emyr Huws and Shay Facey were among a new XI introduced at the break, and the new-look line-up was behind when Niang's header beat Costel Pantilimon (56).

Erasmus doubled the lead (82) after a solo run, and Toure's late withdrawal added to City's discomfort.

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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