MANY of us thought the race for the Premier League title would be eagerly-contested between the two Manchester giants. City v United: Pep v Jose Part I.
It certainly hasn’t turned out that way, and I will tell you why…THEY ARE BORING!
I am all for possession football – in the right areas – but when the majority is played out in their own half then it becomes a huge turn-off.
And when the keeper has as many, if not more, touches than midfielders with the ability to create, there is something seriously wrong.
With all the flair players City have at their disposal, fans deserve better than this. Pep Guardiola’s tactics have throttled the life out of those born to be brilliant.
It is a key reason why newly-crowned champions Chelsea and second-placed Spurs have ruled the roost for much of the season. By playing with passion and panache.
I would rather watch the Blues and the Lillywhites than City or United any day of the week. In fact, I would rather watch recently dethroned champions Leicester!
Guardiola, of course, will view the less-than-impressive victory over Leicester as a ‘job done’ in their quest to nail down a Champions League place.
As Kasper Schmeichel said afterwards the Foxes were ‘hard done by’ given the fact City’s opening goal should be have been disallowed for offside against Raheem Sterling.
The City winger was interfering with play, as well as Schmeichel’s vision, when David Silva opened the scoring with a scuffed effort before Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 from the spot after 36 minutes.
The visitors showed their resilience and ambition by pulling a goal back through Shinji Okazaki’s stunning volley right on the stroke of half time. Game on.
City never really looked like stretching their lead in the second half and Leicester would have gone home with a deserved point but for a bizarre penalty incident.
Riyad Mahrez put his spot kick away but the ‘goal’ was ruled out for a double hit. City players spotted it and referee Robert Madley did too.