For many years, Manchester United were the top team in Manchester, but in recent times, City have become true rivals, competing not only for honours, but for the signatures of Europe’s top players.
As a result, players seeking hikes in wages and the chances of winning major trophies have signed for Manchester City.
Many have seen their careers go from strength to strength at the Etihad Stadium, while others have seen their careers rapidly decline due to the fierce competition for places at the club.
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We’ve identified three players whose careers have gone backwards since joining Manchester City.
In 2013/2014, while still at Liverpool, Raheem Sterling attracted widespread praise for his stellar performances.
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He played a key role in the team’s closely fought title run, and as result attracted attention from rival clubs.
He transferred to Manchester City in 2015 for £50 million, and with it, came the expectations that he would help take the club to the next level.
However, he has failed miserably to hit the same heights he did while at Liverpool, and his performances for England at the Euros are that of a player low on confidence.
It remains to be seen whether he’ll still have a place in the team with the arrival of Pep Guardiola, but he'll have to work hard to convince the Spaniard.
Wilfried Bony’s fall from grace has been nothing short of disastrous, as he has turned from being the talisman at Swansea City, to last season being third in the pecking order behind Sergio Aguero, and the impressive Kelechi Iheanacho.
Since arriving at City back in January of 2015, the Ivorian has struggled to find the form that prompted his move from Swansea City. Having only scored four goals in 26 appearances last season, it is a far cry from his prolific form at Swansea, where he averaged a goal every two games.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola may see Bony’s career at the Etihad come to an end, with the Spaniard a stickler for high standards and high quality, especially in attack.
The pacy Spaniard has flattered to deceive during his time at City.
His lack of goals and assists have attracted the ire of some of the faithful at the Etihad, who see him as not contributing enough when given the opportunities.
Whilst at Sevilla, he was integral to the team and was voted one of La Liga’s top 50 players in the 2006/07 season, as well as the 2007/08 season.
Since joining Manchester City though, he has been unable to have the same influence, and has been unable to have the same impact as many of the players around him.
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