Manchester United won’t be delusional to concede supremacy in Manchester to their ‘Noisy Neighbors’
They say the cream always rises to the top, and it was certainly the case for Manchester City who lifted the 2013/2014 Premier League trophy following a wonderful and epic title race that went down to the wire. Manuel Pellegrini’s men showed their quality when it mattered, barring a slip-up at the Etihad against Sunderland, to take the title away from Liverpool’s grasp and complete a wonderful double in the manager’s first season in charge. The wonderful drama, excitement and tension of the Premier League will soon be exchanged for the most prestigious tournament in world football as thirty-two nations will battle it out at the 2014 World Cup. Many of City’s stars will swap the sky blue shirt for their respective nation’s colours in the hope of enjoying further success and remaining match fit.
There is just one game to go Manchester City fans, but we will still be nervous tomorrow, even though we only need a draw. West Ham have been speaking all week about spoiling our party and nobody, especially the City players, will forget how close we came to fluffing our lines against QPR two years ago. Thank you Joey Barton, you nutter.
After all the twists and turns in this Premier League season so far, it was a bit premature for people to write off Manchester City. And it was even more premature for some scouser to decide to print off and sell a bunch of T-shirts proclaiming Liverpool as Premier League winners for 2014. Bang, you lose! Bang, we win!
It does look like Manchester City need a minor miracle to regain the Premier League title that we won so dramatically two years ago. That final game against QPR, with all it’s twists and turns, has given the City players the belief that anything can happen and that nothing is over until the fat lady sings, as Pablo Zabaleta explained in a Sky Sports report.
There is no getting away from the fact that Manchester City dropped the baton last night by drawing with Sunderland. The players let the pressure get to them and, as the manager admitted, the hangover from the result against Liverpool was weighing on their minds.
Manchester City have got to be clear favourites for the Premier League title now, having overcome the potential hazard of a trip to Old Trafford. United were left dazed and confused by a dazzling display by City, which was sparked by an early goal by in form striker Edin Dzeko.
As great as it is to see Manchester City with a powerful team fighting to become Premier League champions and also doing well in the Champions League, the fact that our neighbours Man United have slumped since David Moyes took over from Ol’ Red Nose and are in danger of missing out on Europe altogether makes it so much sweeter.
For the first time in the Premier League era, Manchester City head to Old Trafford as strong favourites to turn over fierce local rivals United. But David Moyes and his players will be boosted by their win at West Ham and City cannot afford to let them get another morale boosting result.
Manchester City have been handed a double injury boost ahead of this weekend’s Capital One Cup final against Sunderland. Both the talismanic striker Sergio Aguero and centre back Matija Nastasic have a good chance of being available for the trip to Wembley, as reported by Sky Sports, but Manuel Pellegrini has a big decision to make about whether to play them.