Manchester United failure a mask for City problems

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The focus on Manchester United and David Moyes before the season had even begun was a great one and now the campaign is in full flow, the focus on the Red Devils has become even more extreme. 

United's new manager, David Moyes, was always going to be the centre of attention for the media as he was stepping into the shoes of one of the greatest managers of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson. 

And the attention on Moyes has certainly helped Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. 

The Chilean manager - despite overseeing a 4-1 victory over United - has had a poor start to his reign with the Citizens. 

However, this has gone fairly unnoticed and this is because of the troubles of United. 

If the Red Devils had started this season well and were near the top of the league, then perhaps more questions would be asked of Pellegrini. 

The City boss spent around £80 million in the summer - imagine if Moyes had done the same...

The Etihad outfit currently sit in eighth place on 10 points - the same number of points that Premier League new-boys Hull City have. 

Additionally, their early season away form has been woeful and they've not exactly travelled to any world beaters. 

A defeat at Cardiff City - who went up along with Hull City - was bad enough, but add that to a stalemate at last season strugglers Stoke City and another defeat to Aston Villa has shown major flaws in Pellegrini's side. 

City did look brilliant at home, but after taking a battering at home to Bayern Munich at the Etihad, the Sky Blues have shown they certainly not invincible.  

There are many things to work on for Pellegrini. His away record has been poor so far this season, defensively City are not good enough and they continue to make individual errors.

Pellegrini has a major problem with Joe Hart, who continues to make mistakes and the Citizens look vulnerable from set pieces. 

So, perhaps Pellegrini has got away with one so far this season because of the focus on Moyes and perhaps the victory over United papered over the cracks at City that potentially still remain from last season. 

Improvements are still needed at the Etihad and if they are not made soon, then perhaps the unwanted attention will start coming Pellegrini's way. 

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