The recipe for Manchester United’s failures.. Failed deals and a humble coach
The result may not be heavy, but everything else in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Manchester United – in a derby at Old Trafford on Saturday – is a stark declaration of the superiority of Pep Guardiola’s side.
Liverpool left no doubt about their dominance with their 5-0 victory over United at Old Trafford two weeks ago.
But while the Manchester summit missed the shock and surprise factor that was present against Liverpool, it still represents clear evidence that “Mano” is far from providing its best levels.
In every part of the field, City have had the best players, while United, starting with their worrisomely shaky defense, have plenty of players who fall short of club standards aspiring to return to the top.
“The performance was very mediocre. The difference is clear in the quality and value of the players, their quality, decision-making and basically everything,” said Roy Keane, a former United captain who is now an analyst at Sky Sports.
There is no doubt that the debate will continue over whether the Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to return the club to competition with the big ones (Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea).
But what appears far from this dispute is that regardless of the coach, the “Red Devils” team needs to be modified and reformed in its squad.
It’s not as if United’s owners haven’t been spending on signings in recent years, but the evidence is clear on the field that investing in player deals has often been unsuccessful.
United are working to improve talent discovery and hiring methods, but the current squad is the product of years of unsuitable signings.
City have made mistakes in the transfer market over the years like any club, but Pep Guardiola’s current squad can choose from and choose between the many talents ready to participate and perform strongly.
It could be argued that City have the best right-back in the world, England’s Kyle Walker, while United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka failed to live up to the expectations that accompanied his move from Crystal Palace. Both cost his club around 45 million pounds (53 million euros).
The deal of Portuguese international Bernardo Silva – who has a wonderful touch and vision that has contributed greatly to the success of Guardiola’s team since joining City from Monaco in 2017, cost about 50 million pounds (58 million euros), almost the same as the initial amount of United’s deal to include Brazilian Fred.
Central defenders Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof each cost more than 30 million pounds (35 million euros) each, but they cannot be compared to the efficiency of City defender Robin Diaz, who joined for 60 million pounds (70 million euros).
United has stars in its squad such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, while the absence of Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane was affected. Youngsters Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford also have the talent that could make them some of the world’s best players in the future.
But the United squad includes many players who no longer have a place in the team after they gave their best, such as Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones, and there are also players such as Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial who have long seemed to not have Solskjaer’s confidence, but they They get paid.
The hope remains that the club’s academy can produce a new generation of talented players who can impress Old Trafford fans.
But right now there is a quality gap when it comes to choosing a squad that can face a team like Manchester City.
Regardless of Solskjaer’s future, United’s return to their former glory under Alex Ferguson is far from a quick fix.