By Matt Farr
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has slammed Man City boss Pep Guardiola for being “very arrogant”.
Guardiola’s side slumped to a second defeat in as many games in humiliating fashion, losing 4-2 to struggling Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Man City went 3-0 down within the first 20 minutes, throwing yet another abject defensive display under the microscope.
Jamie Vardy capitalised on a City defence all at sea to score his first hat-trick for the club, and end his 10-game goal drought.
City have now kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League this season, and ex-goalkeeper Schmeichel has hit out at Guardiola’s attitude since taking over at the Etihad Stadium.
Schmeichel described the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss as ‘a very arrogant man.’
“That is a man saying: ‘I know best. My way of playing is the best. Every manager who has won the Premier League has always got the defence right. Every single one has had a proper goalkeeper,” said Schmeichel, as quoted by the Metro.
Since taking over from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, Guardiola has spent £67 million on John Stones and Claudio Bravo; but both have come under heavy fire for their below-par contributions.
The signing of Bravo forced England no.1 Joe Hart out of the City setup, and the goalkeeper was subsequently loaned out to Torino, casting doubt over his long-term future at the club.
Bravo’s repeated errors in between the sticks for City has triggered a laughable reaction from fans and pundits alike to Guardiola’s initial decision to omit Hart from his plans.
City are now four points off the top of the table following the defeat, but Chelsea can extend that lead to seven points if they beat West Brom on Sunday.
In other Manchester United news, this senior man was on the club’s three-man shortlist to replace Louis Van Gaal last summer.