It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why Manchester United were so poor against City on Sunday. Was it due to the absence of Wayne Rooney to apply more pressure on Micah Richards and Richard Dunne? Did the visitors just turn up with an excellent game plan which nullified the champions? Or did the occasion, where the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster was commemorated, make it harder for United to play their usual brand of free-flowing attacking football.
As the official MUFC website reports, Ryan Giggs admitted that his team just weren’t at the races on Sunday, have they blown their chance of a second successive title?
“It was probably the result that City deserved really. They played better than us,” he said.
“City scored at important times in the game and we didn’t recover. City could just sit back then and try to catch us on the counter attack.
“Defensively we didn’t play well. Attacking-wise, we just didn’t turn up.”
Strange that an attack consisting of Giggs, Ronaldo and Tevez struggled to make an impact going forward – is Rooney really that vital for the Red Devils? There are also rumours that Ronaldo might be carrying an injury which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season. Surely United aren’t going to finish the season trophy-less are they?