Form is temporary, class is permanent

February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Perhaps now would be as good a time as any to evaluate Manchester City’s dramatic fall from grace. A grace period stretched over a measly two seasons. Yes in the 2010/2011 season Roberto Mancini brought the FA Cup to the somewhat dusty trophy cabinet of the Etihad Stadium. This achievement brought with it renewed hope of things to come and last season Man City clawed their way back into the Premier League title race and with virtually the last kick of the season won the 2011/2012 EPL. Slowly but surely Mancini found out the hard way that getting to the top is hard, staying at the top is near impossible.

So how exactly did Man City go from being the team to beat to being 12 points adrift and looking more like a team battling from game to game for a victory? Every great team that has enjoyed a vast period of domination would testify to the importance of continuity. Why did Mancini break up the impenetrable defence of Jeleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany? After failing to land Robin Van Persie, why did he not go for Zlatan Ibrahimovich or Edinson Cavani whom are both proven goal scorers? Knowing that Yaya Toure would leave in January why did he settle for Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell as midfield signings? Clearly the likes of Felliani of Everton or Alex Witsel of Benfica would have been much better signings. Samir Nasri, Gareth Barry and James Milner would not even come close to being included in the Manchester United starting line up so why are they regular starters at a team aspiring to be the best in Europe? I still maintain that City’s problem is in the wide areas, there is no spark, no magic that the likes of Gareth Bale could have provided, because at the moment Manchester City is relying on Zabaleta and Clichy to provide the width thus leaving them vulnerable and exposed at defence.

Form as it always has been and always will be is temporary but class is permanent! Gradually we have seen Manchester United’s defence improve and now with only 12 games to go who would dare bet against the clinching the title. A massive 12 points separate Manchester United from Manchester City. There can be no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson is the real special one and not Jose Mourinho, after all Sir Alex has faced many pretenders and all have failed in their quest to dethrone the best manager of all time.

3 responses to Form is temporary, class is permanent

  1. Wayne you are absolutely right in your blog! I’d go as far as to say Man City lost the title on the very next morning after they won it! Or rather, Sir Alex and Man Utd won it the very next day after the dramatic conclusion to last season.

    City were complacent, arrogant and fully assuming they were to dominate for years to come. Their abysmal summer signings that you mention go only to prove that; Scott Sinclair (!?!?) and Jack Rodwell (?!?) could very easily never kick a ball again for City in the EPL while Javi Garcia was an extremely average addition. While recognising Rodwell’s potential, an friend of mine who is an Everton fan could scarcely believe they managed to get £15M for a player whose injury record is appalling!

    Sir Alex meanwhile secured RVP for what seems a steal at £22M. He recognised Utd’s need for a truly world-class striker and acted decisively. The pain of having the EPL snatched from his grasp spurred Ferguson on and reinvigorated the Utd squad. City on the other hand dithered and delayed; much talk and little action about securing RVP, Edison Cavani, Daniel Agger and latterly Luis Suarez. They indulged the disruptive Mario Balotelli, they ripped apart the bedrock of their title success in the Hart, Kompany and Lescott axis and they persisted with the hopeless Gareth Barry. Mancini’s tactical arrogance in tinkering with a proven method together with their poor transfer dealings and a squad containing players who clearly want to be elsewhere – Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and possibly even Sergio Aguero – handed the initiative to a United Manchester team hell-bent on erasing the memories of last season.

    So I say, with a heavy heart but with an acknowledgement that Utd have been the most consistent side in the EPL this season, congratulations on securing what will be a record-20th league crown. There is no chance of City recovering the 12pt gap – especially with Utd still to face at Old Trafford – and frankly I see City’s challenge for the rest of the campaign to be fending off the likes of Chelsea and Spurs for the second and third spots.

    There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal. I think Sir Alex and Man Utd have once again proved that to be the case!

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