In a week when Manchester City failed to score against Aston Villa, it was no wonder the biggest spending club in world football were yesterday linked with yet another striker. This time the agent of Belgian wonderkid Romelu Lukaku admitted that Eastlands is one of a few possible destinations for his much sought-after client. City’s neighbours Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with the 17-year-old who has been playing top-flight football since he was 16. The Anderlecht striker, who finished last season as the league’s top scorer, has already racked up 13 strikes in 20 games this term.
The player’s agent Christophe Henrotay has confirmed that City are interested and that they have asked him to keep them up to date with regard to any developments on the player’s future. “There
In other news, assistant manager Brian Kidd has admitted that the Premier League is Manchester United’s to lose. City’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa coupled with wins for both Manchester United and Arsenal, saw the Blues slip down the league into third and City are now three points behind their local rivals having played two more games.
Kidd accepts his former mentor, Sir Alex, is in the driving seat, “United are going very well,” said Ferguson’s former assistant. “They are undefeated, I always thought it was United’s title to lose many weeks ago.” Mancini’s assistant still insists that City will push United until the death, despite losing out to a Darren Bent debut strike at Villa Park on Saturday. “This is only a blip. It is already history and we will put it behind us. We didn’t show enough urgency in the first half but in the second period it was a different story. We put Villa under severe pressure and full credit to them for a great defensive performance. Our aim at the beginning of this season was to get in the top four, we lost at Everton and responded very well and I’m sure we will respond in the right fashion in the coming games.”
Meanwhile, Belgian centre-back Vincent Kompany tried to remain upbeat after the defeat to Villa, saying: “We’re really disappointed because we gave it a real go against Villa, maybe not so much in the first half, but in the second we were all over them at times. The lads are down, but we know we gave it everything we’ve got but things just didn’t go our way. It’s worse if you lose and you know you’ve not performed because there is an element of frustration, but as I say, we don’t feel that is the case here.”