Following a four-year period of consistently vast sums of expenditure, it appears as if the Premier League title may finally be on its way to the seemingly inevitable destination to the Etihad Stadium.
The 1-0 victory over bitter rivals and closest competitors for the league crown, Manchester United puts Roberto Mancini’s side back into pole position. But who was to blame for the collapse at the Eastlands?
While retrospect may be a priceless gift, the cogs of the Red Devils’ machine just weren’t able to push into first gear on Monday and while Sir Alex Ferguson’s men might have failed as a group, there were those on the visiting side who stuck out more than others, and for all the wrong reasons.
Though United remain in the race to retain bragging rights over their local enemies, Monday was a more than subtle signal of the power shift currently occurring in English football.
So, let’s continue with the five Manchester United players who didn’t live up to expectations in what was touted as one of the most important derbies in the history of English football.