Published on April 12th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman4
Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City | Dan Cheeseman
The only consolation after today’s humiliation is knowing that it can’t possibly get any worse this season. How can a team which had a dream start at Old Trafford fall apart so easily to a mediocre United side? Looking at the team sheets before a ball was kicked, the first thing I honestly thought was “We should be able to batter this team today”, and the opening 10 minutes proved that theory – so what happened after that can only be psychological.
The Blues’ confidence at the start of the game was nothing like we’ve seen this season, and for a short period it looked like we were back to our best, but all it took was one stroke of luck at the other end of the field for the game to turn completely on it’s head.
The thing that disappoints me above all today is how they reacted to United’s first goal, surely City should have been aware of how on top they were up until that point, so why did they let that one goal destroy their confidence as much as it did?
If we’d have survived that 15-minute spell after the momentum had shifted in United’s favour, we’d have been in much better shape to turn things around, but once Louis Van Gaal’s side had a firm grip on the game they wouldn’t let go – and unfortunately that’s something I haven’t seen in quite some time at Manchester City.
While you could argue that there were a couple of incidents and/or decisions over the course of the game that didn’t go in our favour, I don’t think it would have made the slightest difference to the result, as in the end it was character and teamwork which was the difference between the two sides.
Of all the defeats this season, this one obviously stings the most, but I just get the feeling that we’ve had it too good over the past few years and have been due a derby defeat.
All good things eventually come to an end but unfortunately it’s just all happening at once with City at the moment, and so it’ll be interesting to see if and how we come out of this seemingly endless slump at such an important point in our season.
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