One thing is for sure, Man United fans, players, and Jose Mourinho will all be desperate to avoid seeing Manchester City win the title in front of them on Saturday. That is the last thing they need.
City would absolutely love to win it at their ground in front of their biggest rivals. It would symbolise a massive power shift in Manchester, and both sets of fans know that.
It will go down in history. People will say “Do you remember when Pep won the title in front of Mourinho’s face? At The Etihad?” it’s totally embarrassing for United fans.
The gap between the two sides is enormous now. City are way ahead, and what’s obvious is United will need to spend heavily if they watch to catch up. But of course, Pep will be picking up the chequebook in the summer too.
So, if you ask me, you’re looking at a total domination by Man City. And not just now, but for years to come. That’s what is making United fans so nervous.
We saw in the 80’s when Liverpool dominated football, then it went to Man United in the 90’s, and then in the 00’s we saw a mixture of clubs. No one has had total control and dominated the Premier League recently, but City are going to do exactly that.
As long as Guardiola is there, I can’t see it changing. You’ve also got to bear in mind that Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea will build over summer. There are wolves at the door, and Mourinho and the fans know that. They’re going to need to spend a lot of money.
Cash aside, it’s also about attracting the right players. It’s evident that Mourinho hasn’t got the team that he wants, and there’s likely to be an exodus come the transfer window. But right now, do you think a player would seriously choose to go to Old Trafford ahead of City, based on the football being played?
There’s a certain expectation of a Man United team. That they’re exciting, attacking and incredible to watch. Right now, they are none of those things. But City, Liverpool and Tottenham are. The fact is, the best players in the world want to play the best football.
If we’re being honest, Man United fans have been frustrated all year. That’s because of the way City have been playing football. Deep down, the way they’ve been cutting teams apart and playing attacking football is how they wish Mourinho’s men were playing.
Right now, who is excited to see the sort of football United are playing? No one. I’d even go as far as to say there are no United players I enjoy watching. Maybe Pogba or Rashford if they are on their day.
Their only world class player is David De Gea. Apart from that – there’s no one else.
There’s a lot of work to be done at Old Trafford. The Louis Van Gaal and David Moyes eras were huge setbacks, and it’s Mourinho’s job to repair that damage.