Tim Holland speaks to Man City fan Chris Tanner about Hart bouncing back and Ravel Morrison scoring for City.

How do you assess Manchester City’s season so far?

How do you assess Manchester City’s season so far?

I think it’s been a strange start of the season for a lot of the big sides but although we’ve been inconsistent it’s good to get one over on Manchester United and see them still languishing in the mid-table area. In terms of our performances we’re scoring a lot of goals in the league but we’ve already lost two this season which is a bit worrying.

The managerial merry go round continued in the summer. How has Manuel Pellegrini’s start to live at the club been?

I think there is a certain amount of worry when a new manager comes in especially if he is not the one most fans would’ve wanted. He’s got a different perspective compared to Mancini but I think if we continue the way we are then he’ll win round the fans by the end of the season.

What are you ambitions for the club this season?

I think given that all the sides at the top of the table are in transition I think we need to be aiming at winning the league this season. We’ve got 4 top strikers and we’re scoring goals we just need to be a bit tighter at the back. I think we’re still a season away from competing for the Champions League and think that showed against Bayern Munich at home.

How have your summer signings adapted to life in the Premier League?

Negredo has hit the ground running with 4 goals in 7 games. Jovetic has been quiet thus far but he’s young and I’ll think he’ll get more chances in the cups this season. I’ve been impressed with Fernandinho but I still think we paid a lot for a 28 year old. Obviously Demichelis

Negredo has hit the ground running with 4 goals in 7 games. Jovetic has been quiet thus far but he’s young and I’ll think he’ll get more chances in the cups this season. I’ve been impressed with Fernandinho but I still think we paid a lot for a 28 year old. Obviously Demichelis has been unfortunate with injuries but I always liked him on Football Manager so fingers crossed!

Ex West Ham ‘keeper Richard Wright continues to be at the club. Did he win a competition or have the management forgotten about him?

I thought it was a joke when he signed but he offers experience to the two fairly young ‘keepers in front of him. I think he offers something as a goalkeeping coach as well at least I hope so!

Micah Richards continues to get overlooked by England. Do you think he should be competing with Glen Johnson at right back?

I think he offers something very different to Glen Johnson – good defending. I’m not sure what Micah has to do to get in the squad. He’s a strong player and that’s definitely something we need in the national side.

Joe Hart has come under a lot of criticism this season for club and country. What’s your view on this? Can he bounce back?

He doesn’t need to bounce back. He’s a quality ‘keeper who has made a couple of mistakes this season. If a midfielder makes a mistake he loses the ball and the defender’s there to clean up, if a ‘keeper makes a mistake then it’s in the back of the net. Come the end of the season no one will remember this supposed dip in form.

Who poses the biggest threat in the Man City XI this season?

As I said earlier we’ve got 4 or 5 very good strikers including Guidetti so any one of them can be a threat. For me Aguero on his day is one of the best forwards in the league.

What have you thought of West Ham this season?

Same old Sam Allardyce really, like a Bolton MK2. I think without Ravel Morrison you’d be one dimensional. Unfortunately Sam Allardyce is so unpopular that he’s now making West Ham unpopular as well.

Same old Sam Allardyce really, like a Bolton MK2. I think without Ravel Morrison you’d be one dimensional. Unfortunately Sam Allardyce is so unpopular that he’s now making West Ham unpopular as well.

Which West Ham players would you have in your squad?

I like Morrison and it would be good to see him score for us against Man United. From what I’ve seen of Reid and Tomkins I wouldn’t mind either of them as back up

What are your predictions for the match and for both clubs this season?

I think we’ll win 3-0 and for the season City 1st, West Ham 13th

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