Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be ruled out of the Manchester Derby on September 10th after been charged with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham United defender Winston Reid.
The incident occurred in the 76th minute in which the Argentine proceeded to back into Reid before then turning round and elbowing the defender near the face.
Referee Andre Marriner had failed to spot the incident whilst officiating yesterday, however the FA have since taken retrospective action against forward according to BBC and have now charged him with violent conduct meaning that he could face a possible three game ban. The 28-year-old year old now has until 6pm tomorrow evening to respond to the charges.
News of Aguero been charged by the FA will come as a massive blow to the Blues who will be making the trip to Old Trafford after the international break now without their star man. It is widely expected that youngster Kelechi Iheanacho will start up top on his own in place of the suspended Argentinian.
Whilst Aguero’s charge will be greeted by sadness from the blue half of Manchester it will come as music to the ears of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has endured a fantastic start to his new reign at the theatre of dreams thus far and will be looking to take full advantage of Aguero’s ban by collecting all three points.
The new united boss would have already been in confident mood going into the derby having seen his United side take three wins from their opening three league fixtures and now with news of Aguero been ruled out of the clash, Mourinho will more than fancy his chances of coming out on top when Pep Gaurdiola brings his Manchester City side to Old Trafford.
Mourinho has brought back that fear factor to the club since his arrival, the type of fear factor United haven’t really had since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. He has already installed that winning mentality amongst his players and it is that winning mentality which makes Manchester United strong favourites against City.
Manchester City are quite simply not the same side without their talisman and Mourinho will be fully aware of that. The stakes couldn’t be higher going into the derby with both clubs looking establish themselves at the top of the Premier League table. Both managers are born winners; however on September 10th you get the feeling that the one who will come out on top will be Jose Mourinho.