I never thought I’d be doing a support piece for Manchester City as a Manchester United fan but here it goes.
Sitting 12 points back and repeat title hopes seemingly evaporating by the second, most of the blame is put on Roberto Mancini’s shoulders, the same Mancini that led City to claim three of seven possible trophies in a little more than a calendar year.
Reports indicate that City is looking at axing Mancini this summer with a list of possible replacements including Manuel Pellegrini, Malaga’s manager who has led the Spanish club to an unlikely season. Malaga currently sits fourth in La Liga behind Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.
Mancini has been very candid in the way he has spoken about the speculation and been brutally honest when recently swearing and saying that he has won the premier league title, the FA cup, and the community shield in the last 15 months. It’s a strong argument and I can understand the frustration when you manage a club that spends cash like it’s water and enjoys success but then worries when things don’t go their way. More football clubs should be thinking of the issues with upper management, or the players themselves as the root of the problem.
City had a strong result in their last match against Chelsea, sinking them 2-0 and or the moment putting Mancini into a slightly cooler seat.
I think some of City’s buys were just dumb over the years, which has played into the team’s troubles this season. Expecting to just buy anyone, make them fit into a formation, and have high team chemistry is the hardest aspect of the game, and cultural differences and language barriers do not make this any easier.
Just to put City’s woes in perspective, Samir Nasri, who was suppose to be elite for them, has been a huge let down and moved to the bench. City just has too much excess when it comes to players like Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, and Scott Sinclair. They need to find an identity other than one that involves buying every player who’s available.
Some silver lining is what they did with Aguero. He could be a long-term answer for them, as he has prove to be a beast upfront.
In the end, City shouldn’t be looking to blame Roberto Mancini just because he is the easiest target. They should realize that their failure up to this point has been a collective blame on everybody. It seems we are looking at a new Manchester City this year, one that their fans don’t particularly enjoy. They still have time to get it straight but United, after beaten beaten out by City last year, is coming back with revenge. It is likely that they will give the Red Devils will give City way more than they will be able to handle.