While the derby result at the weekend was brilliant, it doesn’t change the fact that Manchester City has the English Premier League title sewn up. It will be the second such title for City since United last won the prem for a record 20th time in 2013.
City have already won the League Cup and there is a very good chance United will go without silverware in 2017-18. Since Mourinho’s takeover, United have won titles, but in the so-called “tin pot” type competitions – though the Europa title landed United back in the Champions League this season.
City owns a 13-point advantage over United who sit in second, and will likely win the title by double-digit points this season. So, it begs the question, has Man City taken over Manchester? Is Manchester United now the “noisy neighbours”?
When sitting in the pub, feeling down about United’s inconsistent form since Sir Alex left the club, and having to deal with the badgering City fans puffing out their chests, don’t worry, we still have plenty of ammo to fight back.
So here are your top five reasons Manchester is still red:
1. 20 Titles: Call it “history”, call it the “typical red refrain” it doesn’t matter – they can talk when they win 15 more.
2.Tin Pot trophies? Talk, when you have won something in Europe. City has one European trophy. The 1969-70 Cup Winners Cup. What is that? Exactly. The now defunct championship was contested by clubs who won cup competitions in Europe – a veritable tin pot of tin pots. And of course, thanks to Liverpool, City bows out of Europe again in the quarters.
3. Yay for City, you have won the Premier League. Reality is, they have won the last two league titles when compared to Man United, however, if you go back to 2007, we have won 5 of the last 8 won in Manchester – not exactly ancient history.
4. Yeah, you won a double, we won a treble last year. Call them tin pots, reality is, in 2016-17, the Red Devils won Europa, the Community Shield and the League Cup. Mourinho was mocked for having his stars hold up 3 fingers upon winning Europa. However, United won three recognized competitions last season – a recognized Super Cup, the league cup, which is one of the three top tier competitions in England, and of course, Europa.
Let’s take these one by one. In order to compete for the Community Shield, you need to win either FA Cup or the League title; not exactly easy to accomplish. The League Cup? Well, City fans will count this as part of their “double” so we can count it toward a treble. And Europa? I bring you back to exhibit A., the Cup Winners Cup which City fans cherish as their only triumph in Europe. What is the Cup Winners’ Cup? I still don’t know.
5. The Score will be 66 (67)-20. “Scoreboard!” When City win the league, it will be its 20th trophy. United have won 66 and perhaps 67 if it wins FA Cup. If United doesn’t win another trophy, and City wins 3 a year, it will take them 16 years to equal United’s trophy case.
City supporters are having their fun in 2018, but really, Manchester is, was, and always will be red!