Aston Villa boss shocked at Man City

Hughes was replaced by Roberto Mancini as manager at Eastlands on Saturday.

“Well I’ve got to say that while nothing surprises you in football, that was a real surprise,” he told Sky Sports News.

“They’ve lost less games than anybody else in the Premiership this season. They’re in the semi-final of the League Cup, (for the) first time in 20 odd years, whatever the case may be.

“And I think that everybody’s surprised and it’s just the nature of the game at the moment.”