Manchester United have the history, the trophies and the best stadium but right
now they are struggling to even be the best team in their own City.
The so called noisy neighbours, Manchester City, are making a lot more noise than United possibly believed they ever could and the ease in which they brushed aside United in their own back yard on Tuesday night suggests that they could rule Manchester for many years to come.
Manuel Pellegrini boasted some weeks ago that City were better than United and their performance at Old Trafford quite simply backed up his claims. City were better in every department and quite honestly made their victory look like a formality right from the start. They entered the game with an air of authority and a confidence that teams very rarely have when they visit Old Trafford, although that looks to have changed this season with most clubs believing they can take something from their games at The Theatre of Dreams.
At first Pellegrini's claims could have been brushed aside as simply mind games but unfortunately for David Moyes his words have a truthfulness that will drive a dagger into the heart of every United supporter and could signal a shift in power in England's third city and across Europe.
City are at the beginning of what could prove to be a very exciting journey, whilst United are seemingly at the end.
United can point to their history, particularly under Sir Alex Ferguson, where they have won many trophies but, in reality, football is about here and now and City have the upper hand by a huge margin at present. I am expecting a backlash from United during the summer and at the start of next season but in all honesty it could take United a lot longer to build as good a
team as City are and, more importantly, build the aura of invincibility that they have now lost.
Sergio Aguero's last gasp goal that seeled the title for City two seasons ago has become the pivotal moment in the history of the two clubs. United were nearly champions, for what would have been a fifth time in six seasons, until that defining moment. It was at that point that Manchester United knew they had a serious challenge to their dominance and, despite
recapturing the title last season, they did so by relying on the brilliance of Robin van Persie. City, meanwhile, were building a squad capable of challenging for many years to come, they were thinking long-term.
Now is the time of year when Manchester United are historically clinical in their pursuit of trophies but City are now the team that will need to adopt this approach if they are to win the Premier League for a second time in three years. They are competing against in-form teams in Chelsea and Liverpool as the title is entering it's last crucial phase. City are more than
capable of coming out on top in that battle and perhaps now see these two clubs as their nearest rivals over the next few seasons.
Whatever happens this season City know they are heading in the right direction and United know they must halt their slide in the wrong direction. The City of Manchester is most definitely blue at this moment in time, but I am sure United will respond soon - they must.
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