Gary Neville thinks that Manchester City could regret missing out on the opportunity to sign Harry Maguire in the summer.
The defender ended up signing for Manchester United in a deal worth a reported £80million, with Pep Guardiola later conceding that City couldn’t afford the centre-back.
City have lost Aymeric Laporte to injury already this season, while they allowed Vincent Kompany to leave this summer and join Anderlecht as player-manager.
And, in hindsight, Neville thinks they could rue the fact they didn’t invest in Maguire in the transfer window.
“If Laporte is out for a long period of time, I think it will cost City points,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“He is a dominant centre-back. He is a brilliant player, Laporte.
“I just look at it and think it’s a real worry. Maguire would have been ideal.
“I think Manchester United did really well to get him, and I’m surprised City didn’t go with them to get him – maybe they did and maybe they pulled out with the money or whatever it was.
“I just think Kompany leaving, he was an old-fashioned, throw your head at it centre-back in both boxes.
“When you go to certain grounds in the Premier League and you have seen it today [Sunday] when balls are flying into the box, Kompany [would be] stood tall.
“That’s the one downer out of the weekend for Manchester City.”