Manchester City are 12 points adrift from arch rivals Manchester United with just 12 games to go in this season's Premier League.

You have to wonder why this City team that set the Premier League alight last year, have somewhat faltered this campaign.

Despite only winning the title on goal difference last season in the most dramatic of fashions, The Sky Blues were able to score 93 goals along the way and play some of the most entertaining football in their history.

Having beaten United home and away in the 2011/12 campaign, many felt that The Blues would go on to dominate the Premier League for the immediate future, and yet 26 games into the following season, questions are being asked of City and their manager Roberto Mancini. 

Arguably, the biggest downfall at City was when Robin van Persie opted to sign for the red half of Manchester. If Mancini had got his hands on the Dutchman then maybe it would be them with 62 goals and sitting pretty at the top of the table. The impact Van Persie has made at Old Trafford really has been that great. 

Despite having the tightest defence in the league, errors have started to appear in Joe Hart's once flawless game. The former Shrewsbury Town stopper swiftly established himself as arguably the best goalkeeper in the league last season and possibly one of Europe's finest. With no real competition for his number one shirt, Hart may have let complacency set in at City.  

Vincent Kompany last year was named the Premier League's player of the season. However, with Nigel de Jong no longer shielding him in front of the defence, he has struggled to live up to his high standards from last year. 

City stung United last season, but Ferguson and his Red Devils have bitten back harder this time around and United are closing in on another Premier League trophy. 


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