Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard believes Yaya Toure has struggled to reach his best for his country due to the lesser quality of players around him.
Renard thinks Toure is aided by the standard of his Manchester City team-mates at club level, but the inferior nature of his international colleagues, means he has has to change his style at the Africa Cup of Nations.
"Ivory Coast is not Manchester City. The potential of players is not the same," said Ranard.
"At City, there are players who can defend very well and create at the same time. With us it is different, so we asked him to do a different job."
Renard has used Toure in a deeper position than he operates in for Manchester City.
"It's easy to work with players of his calibre because you can ask a lot of things of them if you explain to them what you need and why. It's easier with players of this calibre than with players who have not experienced much and think they already know everything," added Renard.
Manchester United under-21 coach Warren Joyce has hailed new goalkeeper Victor Valdes after he made his first appearance for the club on Monday night.
The former Barcelona man impressed on and off the pitch, by giving an inspirational team-talk.
Valdes explained the story of American Dick Hoyt, who has pushed his cerebal palsy-suffering son in marathons and endurance events for decades, to inspire his new colleagues ahead of their 2-1 win over Liverpool under-21s.
"The lads are in the room listening to this. It was unbelievable," Joyce explained.
"I was going to do something but Victor said 'Guardiola used to do this'.
"He's a very humble guy and a model professional."
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Liverpool play Chelsea in the second-leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Rodgers said: "His record speaks for itself. He's a world-class manager and we'll always have that competitive edge".
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Despite retiring as manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson still earned £2.17million from the club in a nine month spell from October 2013 to June 2014.
The Scot was paid £100,000 a day in his role as a global ambassador for United, as revealed in the club's accounts, as calculated by the Daily Mail.
Ferguson still has a key role promoting the club around the world.
The accounts also revealed that David Moyes and his backroom staff were paid a collective £4.82million in pay-offs by the club after their contracts were terminated.
Moyes, as well as Steve Round, Phil Neville and Jimmy Lumsden all departed after a poor spell in charge at the club.