Manchester City defender Micah Richards says he faces a tough battle to displace Pablo Zabaleta from the club's right-back slot.Richards had been sidelined since last October after recovering from knee surgery but the 24-year-old made his return in City's 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.
Roberto Martinez believes keeping Wigan up this season will be his toughest challenge in his four years at the DW Stadium.The Spaniard has overseen late escapes from relegation in each of the past two seasons, and will need a repeat performance if his side are to preserve their Premier League status.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini launched a scathing attack on Micah Richards' first appearance for the club in over five months.The defender came in to replace Pablo Zabaleta for Wednesday's late 1-0 win over Wigan but his boss could not hide his disappointment in the 24-year-old's performance, suggesting that the right-back needs to work harder.
Carlos Tevez's late strike gave Manchester City a crucial 1-0 victory over Wigan to keep their hopes of retaining the Premier League title alive.The home side were frustrated by a well-organised Wigan side, who created plenty of chances of their own, notably through the impressive attacking triumvirate of Shaun Maloney, Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone.
Gareth Barry has issued a warning to Manchester United, insisting City will cut no corners to recapture the trophy next season.City have underachieved this term and lie 15 points behind Manchester United at the top of the table, with their title defence in ruins.
David Platt insists Manchester City's Premier League clash with Wigan on Wednesday is not simply preparation for next month's FA Cup final.The two sides will come together midweek in the English top flight before competing again on May 11 at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester City host Wigan in the Premier League on Wednesday in a preview of this year's FA Cup final.Roberto Mancini's side overcame Chelsea 2-1 in their semi-final on Sunday to book a place in their second final in three years, one day after Wigan beat Millwall 2-0 to ensure they would be at Wembley on May 11th.
|20-04||Richards braced for Zabaleta duel|
|18-04||Martinez plans another great escape|
|18-04||Mancini unhappy with Richards display|
|17-04||Premier League: Manchester City 1 Wigan 0|
|17-04||Barry: City will be back stronger|
|17-04||City taking Wigan threat seriously|
|15-04||Premier League preview: Manchester City v Wigan|