United fans can make excuses, believe me I’ve got a degree in them, about Manchester City’s title win last season, Nemanja’s injury, ditto Cleverley, Scholes retirement, but the fact is as hard as it is to take, ‘the best team won’
City deserved the title, as I’ve told countless moaning Gooners, Chelsea fans and even the odd Liverpool fan following their brief flirtation with a Premier League title race, over the years, “the table doesn’t lie.”
United weren’t good enough, if we were, the Premier League trophy would be adorned with its usual red and black ribbons now and not its blue and white ones.
There’s plenty of reasons City lifted the trophy but the overriding factor that cannot be ignored is they we’re the better side over the course of the season- that’s exactly how leagues are won and lost.
Roberto Mancini recently noted in the Mirror:
“We were the best team last season because we played the best football, we scored the most goals and we conceded the fewest goals.
“We beat United twice and we dominated those two games against them. We are very proud of this because to beat United is a fantastic thing, because they are a great team.”
For once, I’m fully in agreement with the diminutive Italian, United had ample chances to win the league, Everton at home, City away being prime examples but we fell short and now is the time for cold admissions as we look to a new campaign.
Making excuses and acting as though we were simply ‘unlucky’ is exactly how you end up going backwards as a football club, we need to look forwards on how we can stop the ‘noisier than ever neighbours’ from crowing so loudly next May.
Of City’s dramatic title win the Belfast telegraph noted Paul Scholes stating:
“It’s always a motivating force when you lose the league,” he said.
“It’s not nice to see another team celebrate winning the title on the last day of the season. That picture stays with you.”
United as a club need to acknowledge we’re not the current title holders for a reason, and if we address that we’ll bounce back as we always have following the challenges of Leeds United, Blackburn, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The signings of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell are a step in the right direction, as is the alledged pursuit of other players to bolster the squad.
City are the title holders because they were the best. Let’s make ‘were’ the operative word.