Manchester City

Can City Ever Step Out Of United’s Shadow?

At 3pm on Sunday Manchester City fans must have thought their superb five-star display away at Tottenham would have guaranteed the headlines for the Monday morning newspapers but by 6pm Manchester United had blown away Arsenaland as a result had once again up-staged their City rivals by dislodging them from the top of the Premier League.

This isn’t the first time that City have been upstaged by their local rivals and the day City ended their 35-year wait for a trophy at Wembley in May was the same day that United clinched their record 19th title. While in 1968 even when City pipped their neighbours to league title they still managed to upstage them two weeks later when Man United became the first English team to win the European Cup.

Throughout history they have been struggling to get out of United’s shadow and I think this trend is likely to continue into this season despite all the money City’s owners have thrown at it.

The United performance was an emphatic message from Ferguson and United to their neighbours that going to hand over their crown to the oil rich City club. Scoring eight goals against a side that has finished in the top four for the last 14 seasons is hugely impressive despite Arsenal’s problems and they definitely stole City’s thunder once again.

City look an quality side this season and many people were taken aback by their mauling of Tottenham who will be aiming to challenge for a top four spot at the end of the season. Sheikh Mansour’s investment looks to be reaping the rewards at the start of the new season which has been enhanced by the purchase of world class players in Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri during the recent transfer window.

It promises to be a fantastic title race between the two Manchester clubs if they can sustain their bright starts to the season and I for one cannot wait until the first Manchester derby of the season on 23 October which will certainly be worth waiting for.

During the huge success and stockpiling of trophies at Old Trafford their neighbours have had to suffer the humiliation of being relegated to the third tier of English football and had won nothing for 35 years until last season’s FA Cup.

The club has come a long way since they were fighting relegation from the Premier League every year and not always successfully. After qualifying for the Champions League group stages they are now genuine contenders for the Premier League. There is a chance that the tide is finally turning to the blue side of Manchester but there is no doubt that United will not let their reign go without a fight.

Now City are so close to completing their ascent to the highest echelons of the English game but I think until they join the elite club of teams who have won the Premier League they will forever be living in the shadow of the men from Old Trafford.

Article courtesy of Aiden McCartney for

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