It is less than a year on from the classically highbrow opening of Manchester City’s gleaming, new academy campus in December 2014, yet already the rhythmic effects of the tip in power from west Manchester to east is being felt.
When, after three and a half years with the club, attacking midfielder Rony Lopes departed Manchester for pastures new on the south coast of France this August, there was a stifled exhalation betraying a slight sense of growing exasperation amongst Manchester City fans.
Prior to his much-praised tactical last season conversion, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was often bemoaned by fans for his unwavering dedication to what many saw as an archaic 4-4-2 system.
Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the Manchester derby as a special game ahead of this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford.
With Manchester United set to line-up against Liverpool on Saturday without a locally-developed player in the side for the first time in Premier League history, the topic of home-grown talent is a contentious one.