Craig Burley has said that Manuel Akanji is showing signs of becoming quite error-prone for Manchester City this season.
The Manchester City defender was at fault for Lois Openda’s opener, as he got turned far too easily before the latter slotted the ball past Stefan Ortega.
Craig Burley says how Manuel Akanji has performed this season is a “concern”
Pep Guardiola heralded the Swiss international’s recent displays, emphasising that he was “unbelievable” against Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Spaniard also thanked Txiki Begiristain for ensuring that the £180,000-a-week (Sport Rac) man made his way to the Etihad Stadium last summer.
But as Manuel Akanji had a torrid first-half for Manchester City against RB Leipzig, Craig Burley pinpointed that his form has been concerning this campaign.
“Akanji for that [opener against RB Leipzig]. You go [back] to Akanji at Dortmund and every week, you can go, mistake, mistake, mistake.”
“He seemed to have drummed that out of him at Man City but it just seems to be creeping back in a little bit and that’s a concern”, he told ESPN FC.
The errors have not just been exclusive to Manuel Akanji
While Manuel Akanji was undeniably poor against RB Leipzig, as Craig Burley said, almost each and every member of the club’s defensive roster has had their off days this season, in our view.
For instance, Ruben Dias’ approach to keeping Lois Openda at bay for his second goal of the night was far too rash in what was a disappointing first-half of football from him.
Similarly, in his side’s 4-4 draw against Chelsea, the Portuguese centre-half arguably had his most forgettable night in a Manchester City shirt.
The likes of Kyle Walker and Josko Gvardiol also failed to cover themselves in glory against the West London outfit.
While Nathan Ake was on the ropes up against Pedro Neto in City’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves.
The only defender that is yet to err this season is John Stones but it also must be emphasised that he has largely been sidelined with injury.
However, knowing the quality of Manchester City’s defence and Pep Guardiola’s relentless pursuit for perfection, normal services will resume at the back sooner rather than later.