‘Typical City’ is a phrase being used less and less nowadays as Manchester City find fewer ways to cock up and shoot themselves in the foot. Under Pep Guardiola, the team has become a winning machine that only on rare occasions has been its own worst enemy.
But although fans are now becoming accustomed to expecting the very best and worrying less about the worst happening, shades of the ‘old’ City can still be found here and there – you just have to know where to look.
Manchester City Women came out winners today against Birmingham City Women with second half goals from Nikita Parris and Tessa Wullaert completing a wonderful comeback and giving the team a 3-2 win on the road – but the match started in calamity for City.
Defender Abbie McManus sent a 40-yard pass back from the opposition half to goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, who for some reason tried to use her head rather than hands, and the ball bounced over her and into the net.
It wasn’t quite Jamie Pollock on the scale of legendary own goals, but it was a moment of ‘Typical City’ in a new era we’re seeing much less of that in.
Watch Abbie McManus’ incredible own goal:
And here’s City’s winning goal from Tessa Wullaert, with the help of a big deflection:
— The FA Women's Super League (@FAWSL) September 30, 2018