What happened to Manchester City last night, a 0-2 defeat, angry Edin Dzeko & Carlos Tevez refusal and a not-so-convincing draw for Man Utd sent both Manchester giants a clear signal. They must improve or they will be ousted from the UCL.
United, hampered with injuries, scored a second successive draw in all competitions. The hardly-fought draw against Swiss club FC Basel signaled a lack of attacking power, defending stability and lacking of creativity. The usual second string squad proved useless as they needed first team's regular Ashley Young's goal to save them from the brink of first home defeat in 17 months. Playing at home did not give them much advantages last night too. The consistency was expected after leading 2-0 but they gave their opponent a good motivation by leading them 3-2 before Young's saver.
Man City defeat ended their unbeaten starts so far in UCL & BPL collectively. Worse thing is Roberto Mancini's resentment due to rejection of Tevez to be called up as a sub in the second half, prompting heated arguments on their team's bench. What else did Tevez want, nobody knows. Plus Dzeko shaking his head after being substituted displayed a negative aspect of him. He, according to his boss, played badly. Most of the players called up against Bayern Munich last night were first team regulars, yet it did not help them.
Man Utd is a great club. Man City, with the huge investment, is going-to-be great a club. They need consistency, defensive efficacy, player togetherness & unity (for City). Since UCL group stage has another 4 games, they still have time to overcome their problem, be mentally tough and advance into the next round.