Things weren’t looking too hot for Manchester City on Thursday night, with Midtjylland a hair’s breadth away from eliminating them from the UEFA Cup. Mark Hughes’ men just about made it through thanks to a fortunate own-goal, and have since kicked on with the acquisition of a former servant and a tremendous win on Sunday.
Quite rightly, Shaun Wright-Phillips is gaining all the plaudits after a second City debut to remember. While it was evident that the winger is a little ring-rusty after so much time on the sidelines at Chelsea, two goals will go a great way to restoring his confidence and affirming that he was right to return to Manchester from London. His manager is certainly delighted, as reported by The Times.
“He was excellent,” Hughes said of his £9 million acquisition. “It always felt as though something would happen when he was on the ball.
“He’s a better player now and he’ll bring us a new threat. Maybe when you’re not playing week in, week out you doubt your own ability, but this should help him settle.”
Chelsea fans, while your team were toiling to a 1-1 draw with Tottenham, did you feel as though selling SWP was a wise idea, or would he continued to have been on the bench under Scolari? This could certainly rate as the best piece of business done by a football club during the transfer window, which is odd when City were close to splurging a load of cash on bringing Ronaldinho to Eastlands earlier this summer. Looks like it’s worked out well for them.