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Fact or Fiction: With Manchester City’s Dip in Form, It’s Time for Citizens to Get Nervous

“Fact Or Fiction” is a weekly segment on EPL Talk. In today’s column, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed (and sometimes The Gaffer) each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.”

Fact or Fiction: With Manchester City’s recent dip in form, it is time for their fans to get nervous.

Matt Hackenmiller (MH): Fiction. With the torrid pace that Manchester City started the season with, it was somewhat realistic to believe that they would continue to play that way until the spring. But City has a few things going in its favor. First, they still employ a very talent and deep squad. The likes of Joe Hart, Micah Richards, David Silva and Sergio Aguero have been recognize as some of the best players in England so far this season. Along with that, ownership has always been willing to spend and with the January transfer window market opening soon, the City squad could become even deeper. Secondly, despite Manchester United’s recent run of positive results, they are a team with some major problems; the biggest of which is the loss of Nemanja Vidic along the backline. Lastly, with City being knocked out of European competition they will be able to focus more on league play results and won’t feel the need to rest players in order to participate in the continent clashes. While it is easy for fans to overact to a few poor matches, in the end, City is still in a great position to win the Premier League title this season.

The Gaffer (TG): Fact. Manchester United, despite their recent form, are better positioned to win the 2011-12 Premier League title not only because of where they’re at in the table, but more so because of their experience in knowing what it takes to lift a Premiership title. Manchester City, no matter how spectacular they are to watch at times, is a team that is yet to hit a patch of bad form and is yet to show us how they can battle out of it. City fans should be extremely nervous. To me, the big match which could have a dramatic impact on the rest of City’s season will be played this Sunday between Manchester City and Manchester United in the FA Cup. If United can win that game, they’ll have the psychological advantage against City for the remainder of the Premier League season. Whether City will win the league this year will depend on Manchester United more than it will on the Citizens.

What do you think? Is it fact or fiction that with Manchester City’s recent dip in form, it is time for their fans to get nervous?

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  1. Neville

    January 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Both City and United should be nervous because Spurs will overtake them both in a few weeks. I can see Spurs slowly gaining on City and United. This is going to be a 3-horse race until at least late April. Of course what each of these teams do in the next few weeks in the transfer window could alter the balance.

  2. US Stoke Fan

    January 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    United has the advantage because they have areas that can actually address to make their team stronger in January specifically central midfield. Frankly Man City still has a bloated roster with too many players that should be starting somewhere in the EPL or the highest divisions in Europe that are simply supplemental to their requirements and coming off the bench in spurts. That being said.. what does Man City fans have to be concerned about? They are being bankrolled by billions of oil dollars and there is still a chance that they ignore the fair play rules and simply focus on only domestic competitions. The net benefit of that is they have an ownership group that has no problem burning through cash like it won’t be there tomorrow so of the big squads only Chelsea and themselves could afford to deficit spend without the hopes of Champions League dollars to clean up their books. Win it this year; win it next year.. it doesn’t matter.. the cash will find a way.

  3. Mufc77

    January 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Have to agree with the gaffer here utd have been in this postion countless time Re and have proven they can handle the pressure in the second half of the season.

    The fa cup game will be huge and either side could be 2-3 points behind in the league by the time the game kicks off next week.

    As for the 6-1 result giving city a psychological edge that’s been taken away now. If anything it could have given city a false sense of security, credit to city on the day for taking the chances and scoring everyone seems to forget we had 10 men for 45+ min and 3 of those goal came in injury time which is hardly likely to happen again in my lifetime. Just like utd beating arsenal 8-2 was a freak result city beating utd 6-1 isn’t a true reflection on how close the teams are.

  4. Gary

    January 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    This is City’s first time leading the pack and they haven’t been able to break away from United. That inexperience will hurt them in the end. United have been in this position many times before and know exactly what they need to do to win the title which is what Fergie will be putting all his efforts in doing. I can see United playing weakened sides in the Europa League and concentrating on the EPL. Only because they are playing City in the FA Cup I think United will field a strong side to get back the edge over City after City’s win at Old Trafford.

    Right now City are in a funk having ben shutout in two straight games and now they have to play a Liverpool side with a very good defensive record. If City can beat Liverpool that will go a long way in getting back their confidence. It will also not help them that Yaya Toure will be leaving for the African Cup of Nations very soon.

    The title is now United’s to win.

  5. Christian

    January 2, 2012 at 9:24 am


    Doesn’t a 6-1 victory back in October give City a psychological advantage against United? I think this is a dog fight until the end with United as well it should be. They’re class of the league until proven otherwise. I expect this to come down to the final days and look forward to seeing how it all plays out.

    • The Gaffer

      January 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Absolutely. But if United can beat City in the FA Cup, that’ll erase the 6-1 defeat from United’s recent memories.

      The Gaffer

    • MNUfan1991

      January 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

      United suffered many a beatdown over the years only to go on win the title, so don’t count on that little aberration of a result. Southampton put six past us and Newcastle five in 96-97. Guess who won the title that year?

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