There is no denying that the balance of power in the Premier League has changed over the years, whilst it perhaps is no surprise that one of the biggest changes has been between Manchester City and Manchester United.
The last ten years or so have seen the blue-half of Manchester become more successful than their red counterparts in regards to performances on the pitch and in the trophy room.
United’s last Premier League title success came back in the 2012/13 campaign when Sir Alex Ferguson managed to guide the Red Devils to the title in his last season as manager. It was impressive as he had managed to get the side to pick the team up from their disappointing finish in the season before, in which Sergio Aguero stole the silverware from them in the final minutes in that famous match against QPR.
Of course, Manchester City have since gone from strength to strength as they have continued to be able to attract some of the best names in world football with the resources and the success that they have had as they remain a constant favourite with bookmakers like Betway to win the division in each edition of the Premier League, whilst Manchester United appear to have found it a little more difficult; a complete contrast in fortunes a decade or so ago.
Players used to relish the prospect of being able to join Manchester United as they were once seen as one of the biggest clubs in football, however things simply have gone backwards following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all failed to restore the team to their glory days and whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to use his knowledge of the club to try and help them get over the line, things have been pretty poor from a United standpoint.
However, other teams are getting better in the league as well in recent years and Manchester United have been warned that they can not focus too much on the change in Manchester, otherwise things will not be fixed.
“City aren’t going to start a downward spiral any time soon,” says Goal’s Manchester United correspondent Charlotte Duncker when speaking to Betway.
“Yes, they are the better side at the moment and have been more dominant in terms of trophies over the last 10 years.
“But this needs to be a project about getting United back to winning titles. That’s not just about City, it’s about all the teams in the league. It’s not going to be an overnight fix.”
Naturally, one way the Red Devils can look to ensure that they manage to get their focus back to be in a position of winning titles is to beat the team that has been put in front of them.
The Manchester derby will provide the perfect opportunity for United to recover from their disappointing early UEFA Champions League exit, especially as Solskjaer has an excellent record when going up against Pep Guardiola’s side.