It may all be over for Guy City after that …
Manchester United beat Manchester City on Sunday but City are still 11 points ahead, in the Carabao Cup last, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They remain the favourites to win each of those four trophies.
So certainly this is what Dave Kidd writes in The Sun:
‘ United’s success is surely too late to resume the title race however it evaporated the idea of City walking imperiously towards a Quadruple.’
Yep, forget that 21- match winning run and 28- match unbeaten run; that’s all gone now and the concept that City could walk to a Quadruple has actually literally ceased to exist.
Kidd is not alone in thinking that losing a game to Manchester United might somehow make Manchester City’s season break down. Over to the Daily Mail:
‘ City are desperate for Champions League glory however was derby defeat … A BAD OMEN?’
A bad prophecy? They lost a match and it’s never good to lose a match but they had won their previous21 And 21 is really rather a lot. You might be surprised to learn that other teams have lost matches this season– European champions Bayern Munich, for example– and their entire season has actually not summarily fallen apart. And quite specifically, losing one game in one competitors is seldom considered a ‘bad omen’ in another. Since that would be weird.
However Ian Ladyman is on a mission. Now you may mention that a whole 3 days ago he was on a various objective: City were on the verge of ten years of dominance. Here are a few highlights from that column:
‘ City will win this Premier League by a range. If the margin is less than 20 points, it will be a surprise.’
‘T his might turn out to be City’s time more than any other.’
‘F or all Guardiola’s public care, this need to not be a time to think only of this title however also the next one and the one after that.’
‘ So while Guardiola continues to speak respectfully about groups like United and look only with supposed caution into the future, it is not hard to guess what a serial collector of football prizes actually thinks.’
‘ We have said this before and been wrong but City may simply be basing on the limit of what they have constantly wanted.’
One derby defeat later– assisted by the concession of a charge less than one minute into the game– and City stand not on the verge of supremacy however of despair
‘ So this defeat by Manchester United– particularly in its meekness– feels terribly timed. City had actually won their previous 21 games.
It was a reminder of what can occur in a Manchester derby. Who sees that video game and thinks ‘oooh, they would struggle in the Champions League after losing a game to a team not in the Champions League’? Ladyman, that’s who.
‘ This season’s Champions League is up and running once again after its winter break.
‘ Beyond that, however, Guardiola will know that tougher challengers await but so do chances.
‘ Sunday’s challengers are already out.
You believe? Well obviously they do. But Bayern require to prevent a day like the one three weeks earlier when they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt, PSG require to prevent a day like the one three weeks earlier when they lost to Monaco and Real Madrid need to avoid a day like any of the ones when they have lost video games.
No group in Europe is unbeaten. No other team in Europe has won 21 successive games this season. City may well fail to win the Champions League but just a fool would look back on defeat to United in March when 14 points clear as some type of prophecy.
The giddiness about Manchester United beating City throughout the tabloids is really rather something, with the Daily Mirror back page choosing this heading …
‘ PEP: DON’T BLOW IT NOW’
… and this sub-headline …
‘ Guardiola informs City to hold their nerve as competitors Unified end that fantastic 21- game winning streak’
… despite the truth that Pep Guardiola said neither.
They have lost one video game after 21 success. They have actually lost one game after 28 games unbeaten. They are 11 points clear at the top of the table.
Also on the Daily Mirror back page: ‘Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw offered Manchester United boasting rights at the Etihad.’
On p55 of the Daily Mirror: ‘A derby win does not bring a job security assurance however ending up in the leading four does.
‘ The win also extended United’s unbeaten flee in the League to 22 video games although, when they can control like this, fans are entitled to ask why they can not win more on the roadway’– Daily Mirror
Question: Can you ‘dominate’ with 34%ownership if you take 8 shots to your opponents’ 23?
The male, the misconception
Undoubtedly, we are being obtuse due to the fact that this was a tactical masterclass from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Or a minimum of that is what the Mirror website would have you believe:
‘ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resolves Male Utd misconception with winning half-time tweak’
There was no change of personnel or formation at half-time, so what was this ‘tweak’? And while we’re at it, what is this ‘myth’?
‘ Solskjaer has actually typically faced criticism of his supervisory capability, with lots of feeling he isn’t a strong enough tactician.
‘ However with simply one half-time tweak to his side’s system, he dispelled those suggestions.’
Yes, all the tips– strengthened by a run of three 0-0 draws– ‘dispelled’ in just one half-time tweak. Let Solskjaer himself talk you through this moment of genius.
“ I believed we were excellent in the first 10 or 15 minutes, then settled into our shape, since we played excessive on the outcome.
” We changed that at half time to be more positive again and the 2nd objective was unbelievable.”
How the hell did he even come up with that plan? Mediawatch will never, ever question him again.
Over on The Sun site, they provide Marcus Rashford 6/10 for his efforts:
‘ Began the first half brilliantly, but like the majority of his team-mates had to sit and see City control possession.
‘ Changed by Greenwood after picking up an injury in the second half– was a peaceful game for the school suppers hero.’
Did somebody miss out on the second objective?