The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are frustrated with their local-rivals domination in the Premier League so far this season.
Manchester City have stormed ahead into a startling lead at the summit of the English top-flight, with 15 points separating themselves and Manchester United after just 20 fixtures this season. The resident Red Devils in the tavern simply cannot believe the level of superiority their so-called noisy neighbours have demonstrated in the current campaign after they failed to impress in Pep Guardiola’s first season as manager.
The extent of The Citizens domination looks to have swiftly ended the title race already this season, much to the disappointment of the neutrals and the clubs who were hopeful of a title challenge at the start of this season.
With that being said, Jose Mourinho should be studying City’s development in the past two seasons to try and understand how they have become so outstandingly excellent during this campaign.
Mourinho does not need to look too far into the past to begin understanding the origins of their success, as City’s activity in last summers transfer window enabled them to become the force they are today.
Guardiola was ruthless in his transfer dealings as he made the bold decision to allow Nolito, Kolarov, Sagna, Clichy, Nasri, Zabaleta, Caballero, Navas and Iheanacho to leave the club.
If Mourinho wishes to build a side that can compete on the same level as Manchester City, then he needs to adopt a similar attitude to Guardiola in the next two transfer windows.
United have plenty of deadwood within their squad who would not be missed after their departure, such as Ibrahimovic, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Darmian and Young.
On paper, some of the aforementioned players still have something to offer the club, but United need to ask themselves if they are of a high enough standard to compete alongside City next season.
If Mourinho decides they are not up to the challenge of challenging Manchester City for domestic honours, then he must be brave enough to cut his squad significantly and bring in a whole host of new players to Old Trafford.