Transfer: Man United legends lament top defender’s exit from Man City

Manchester United legends, Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin have lamented the exit of Vincent Kompany from Manchester City.

Both Premier League legends noted that the Belgian’s departure was a loss of a key leader in Pep Guardiola’s side, adding that it could see City stumble this season.

City edged out Liverpool for the Premier League title last season, with the Red Devils finishing sixth – 32 points shy of their cross-city rivals.

Kompany announced he was leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, and the two United icons noted that it would be difficult for City to claim the title again following his exit.

“There’s always a chance of catching a team that’s just won the league,” Robson told Goal.

“It depends on City with how they replace Kompany because he’ll be a big miss for them, he was a real leader in the dressing room. It also depends how you start the season, if you start it off really well you can be confident

“City have definitely got the ability to go win the league again but they’re definitely catchable as well.”

Kompany, who has been with City since 2008, is now a player-manager at Anderlecht.

“City have been fantastic the past couple of seasons and Kompany is a big figure for them, so losing someone like that with his strength in the dressing room will be a big loss,” Irwin told Goal.

“But they’ll still be a hard side to beat and there was a large points gap between ourselves and them last year so it’s up to us to rise up to the challenge and start the season really well.”


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