Though Robert Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, described his mentor, who has died aged 95 in Singapore, as “an icon of liberation” Mugabe was an African freedom fighter turned kleptocratic despot straight from central casting — maybe central casting at London’s Ealing Studios where tales of empire were gilded and offered as history rather than entertainment.
Bobby Reid’s penalty drew first blood in this absorbing Carabao Cup semi-final first leg before the Championship team simply became the latest in a long line of teams to discover why Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City are still on course for an historic quadruple.
David Silva may have lost some of the headline space hoovered up by the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne this season but in the 83rd minute of this largely uninspiring victory, he showed why he is arguably still the man who makes Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tick.
Any Manchester derby is an occasion to savour regardless of what is at stake, but Yaya Toure believes Thursday’s meeting at the Etihad has the potential to be something extra — a Champions League play-off which could shape of the future of both clubs.
Manchester City’s new role as football’s great entertainers could be the unique selling points and key identifier which delivers not only success on the field but also an opportunity to challenge the global profile of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.
Gabriel Jesus has wasted no time in guaranteeing himself a place in Manchester City folklore, his injury-time winner the second of two goals on his full home debut but the young Brazilian’s stunning impact on English football could not disguise the same old problems for Pep Guardiola.
With Everton’s first proper shot of the afternoon resting comfortably in the back of Claudio Bravo’s net after 34 minutes, it was hard not to think City were already well on their way to claiming a thoroughly unwanted league double on Merseyside this season, writes.