The weekend’s Manchester Derby has merely added to what has been a consistent distancing in class between Manchester’s two largest clubs. City have been on a upwards curve since their second Premier League title in 2013/14 where they finished a huge 22 points clear of United down in seventh and despite the influx of cash at City it’s more down to the way they’ve spent it.
During the first 4 years of the City takeover they spent roughly £380 million and claimed their first title in 2011, with United managing to claim 2 titles within that 2008-2012 time frame.
It’s easy to claim that City’s rise has been down to their “money” advantage, but since the 2012-2013 transfer season Man City have spent £808 million on transfers with United spending £824 million.
The way that City has invested their money has been significantly more successful as the five seasons (soon to be six) higher finishes in the league has proven.
The future for United will be bleak under their current mentality of not utilising players that clearly have huge potential such as Rashford who is stuck in a defensive formation, not getting anywhere near the minutes he should be for a player of his calibre.
For Anthony Martial it took a disagreement with Jose to finally get the minutes and he’s now scored 6 in his last 5 with 4 of them being full 90 minute games.
With the current squad United have there is absolutely no reason why the future couldn’t be a bright one; it’s just a matter of reshaping the squad and moving on some of the dead weight that has been holding them back.
Nemanja Matic is the key to change this United side, his speed and reaction time in the midfield is almost laughable and makes it look as if he’s just letting the opposition walk rings around him and the worst thing is that he’s keeping £52 million signing Fred out of the first team.
With the way Man City dominated this weekend’s Derby who’s to say that City aren’t going to keep improving and how are United going to even attempt to start gaining ground back on Manchester’s biggest club?
Pep’s merry-go-round has slowed down this season with a more consistent line up and it’s really showing how much it’s improving the side with them currently sitting top of the league with a +31 GD after 12 games where they’re also 12 points clear of United.
My United based articles tend to be fuelled by the same thing, and this one doesn’t seem to differ, MOURINHO OUT.