Man City line-up against Man United: Pellegrini’s selection headache following attacker injury

first_img1 Manchester City can ease the recent pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini with victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, from 1pm.The Premier League champions, who sit six points behind league leaders Chelsea, lost 2-1 at West Ham last weekend before suffering a humiliating exit in the Capital One Cup at home to Newcastle United.However, with rivals United buoyed by Robin van Persie’s dramatic injury-time equaliser against Chelsea last weekend, and captain Wayne Rooney set to return following a three-match ban, City will have to be at their best if they are to get their title defence back on track.That was dealt a sizable blow following confirmation that Spanish midfielder David Silva will be sidelined for up to three weeks with a knee injury sustained against the Magpies, but how much will that influence Pellegrini’s starting XI for what is shaping up to be a crunch fixture? talkSPORT takes a look…Nasri to replace injured Silva?Spain international Silva is an integral part of how City line-up and his absence will be crucial, not just in this game but for the next few weeks.The former Valencia man has scored twice and laid on two assists in nine games this season, including a fabulous solo effort against the Hammers last week, highlighting his importance to the team.French midfielder Samir Nasri, who made his return from groin surgery for Silva on Wednesday, will likely replace the Spaniard against United and City fans will hope he can reproduce the form of last season, where his seven goals and seven assists were key part to the Citizens’ title success.Time to drop Mangala?Pellegrini’s biggest decision is who to partner alongside captain Vincent Kompany – Eliaquim Mangala or Martin Demichelis.Despite an impressive debut at home to Chelsea, Mangala has endured a difficult start to English football, and he came under heavy criticism for his performances against West Ham and Newcastle.Demichelis suffered a similar start to life in the Premier League last season, but went on to establish himself as a more than capable partner for Kompany.The threat of Angel di Maria and his pace would suggest Mangala is better suited to nullifying United’s attacks, but given Demichelis’s experience he will probably get the nod.Aguero to operate as lone forward?Edin Dzeko has a good derby record, most recently bagging two goals in March’s 3-0 demolition at Old Trafford, but the Bosnian is suffering from a lack of form and that suggests the league’s joint-top scorer Sergio Aguero will lead the line as a lone striker.The Argentine has been in sublime form in recent weeks, including scoring an impressive four-times against Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, and with City boosted by the news that Yaya Toure should be fit, expect the Ivorian to be given the licence to roam forward and operate behind Aguero with Fernando and Fernandinho shielding the back-four.Toure has scored just once this season and looks a shadow of the player that scored 20 league goals last season, but if Pellegrini opts for a five-man midfield that could allow the former Barcelona man to rediscover his best form.Is this how Manchester City will line-up against Manchester United?Man City fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Man United? Comment below…Man City v Man United is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, Sunday from 1pm. Click here for coverage. Manchester City can ease the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini in the Manchester derby on Sunday. last_img read more

Palmdale boys see abuser sentenced

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – A woman who beat her two young grandsons to the point that one fell into a coma was sentenced Thursday to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Charlissa Sireech, 46, who lives on the Uintah-Ouray Reservation, pleaded guilty in March to seven counts of assault against brothers Emilio Rodriguez, then age 3, and Jose Rodriguez, then 4. The boys, now 4 and 5 years old and living in California with their paternal grandmother, attended Thursday’s hearing with her, Leoncis Rodriguez of Palmdale. Sireech’s lawyer, Vanessa Ramos-Smith, mentioned her client’s mental and physical health problems as well as her “extremely low functioning IQ of 65” in asking that the woman be placed in Carswell Federal Medical Center prison in Texas. On Aug. 30, Deherrera took Jose unconscious to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt. Emilio was brought in separately. Both boys had skull fractures from being beaten and thrown to the floor, according to court documents. Investigators think Sireech was angry because the boys spoke Spanish and wouldn’t do as they were told in English. Jose, in a coma, was later transferred to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where doctors said they weren’t sure if he would survive. If he did, they said, he would not likely walk, talk or feed himself again. Jose’s recovery has been somewhat better than doctors expected. At the hearing, he had a hard time sitting still. He limps and can’t move his right arm, and he must wear a helmet because he frequently falls down, family members said. His speech is slurred, and he sometimes communicates only in sounds, not words. Jose doesn’t sleep much, making him a 24 hour-a-day job for Rodriguez; her husband, Samuel; and their three children still at home. Emilio is in better shape, but still lifts his shirt to show scars from being burned and has many emotional problems, family members said. Sireech also was ordered to pay $267,982 in restitution to Medicaid. Because Deherrera is not a member of the Ute tribe, he was charged in state court where he was sentenced in January to serve one to 15 years in state prison for failing to protect the boys. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I just want to tell my grandkids I’m sorry,” Sireech said in U.S. District Court. “If I wasn’t so sick and everything wrong with me and being on all these medications, maybe things would have been different.” Judge David K. Windner agreed, sentencing Sireech to 19 years and eight months. He said he would recommend the time be served at the Texas prison, which is known for its mental health facilities. The other grandmother was not happy with the sentence. With FBI investigator John Wright serving as an interpreter, Rodriguez said in Spanish that she would have liked a longer sentence and “may God forgive her because he will judge her.” The boys’ parents had left the brothers and their younger sister, Mona, with Rodriguez in Palmdale. Thinking the Ute tribe had some say in where the children belonged, California child welfare officials sent the children to live on the Ute reservation with Sireech, who lived with her boyfriend, Michael Deherrera. Whether the Ute tribe had jurisdiction in the case is in dispute. Prosecutors alleged that the abuse began shortly after the children arrived at Sireech’s home. FBI investigators contend she beat Jose and Emilio with her fists and a cane, which she later buried far from the home to hide the evidence. Investigators also said she burned Emilio with a hot curling iron. It didn’t appear the little girl was abused. last_img read more