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Vincent Kompany's Fairy-Tale At Anderlecht Is Quickly Turning Into A Nightmare

Ryan Sidle

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Vincent Kompany's Fairy-Tale At Anderlecht Is Quickly Turning Into A Nightmare

Vincent Kompany has come under huge criticism with his life as player-manager of Anderlecht starting in dreadful fashion, with no wins in his first four league games.

At the end of last season Kompany surprised everyone by leaving Manchester City and rejoining Anderlecht, the club he left in 2006 after coming through their academy, to become their player-manager.

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Things haven't started well for the former City captain though and so far they've failed to win any of their first four games, losing two and drawing two, and sit 13th out of 16 in the Belgian First Division.

Speaking to HLN, former Anderlecht striker Marc Degryse stuck the boot in, even accusing Kompany of arrogance, saying, "Kompany is only human, besides being a good footballer - but I feel he thinks he is God.

"In the coming international break a coach would normally have two weeks to work intensively with his squad.

"But Kompany will be off with Belgium to play San Marino and Scotland - before having his testimonial game in Manchester.

"Some people like to be busy, but they can become too preoccupied. Kompany should think about this. There are limits to everything."

Kompany playing in preseason. Image: PA Images
Kompany playing in preseason. Image: PA Images

The 33-year-old was important for City at the end of their domestic treble winning campaign last season, especially in scoring the winner in the important league game against Leicester City, but even his form on the pitch has been questionable.

In the team's latest game, a 4-2 loss to Kortrijk, the player-manager was at fault for a 'few' of the goals, and Degryse thinks Kompany should drop himself, adding, "If another centre-back had made the mistakes he made he'd have been criticised - and Kompany would have dropped him for the next game.

"Of course Kompany shouldn't retire from playing - but he has to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

"If he is honest as a manager he can't be happy with himself as a player."

Kompany signed Samir Nasri, Nacer Chadli and Kemar Roofe in the summer but so far the expensive outlay hasn't helped.

Nasri has scored one goal in four games, Chadli has started just one game and Roofe is yet to play thanks to an injury.

The club also signed young midfielder Michael Vlap for £7.2 million, the second most the club have ever spent on a transfer, and the 22-year-old has at least scored twice and picked up an assist but it's not really helped the teams plight.

The manager now has a lot of questions to answer and not a lot of time to do it in before the pressure really starts mounting. Can Kompany turn it around?

Topics: Manchester City, Samir Nasri, Liverpool, Football News, Belgium, Leicester City, Premier League, Anderlecht, Champions League, Vincent Kompany

Ryan Sidle
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