Derby day debate rages on
- 11 December 2012 08:50
- Posted by Mark Booth
Sometimes the fallout from a football match reverberates for a matter of days rather than hours and Sunday’s Manchester derby was one such encounter.
With more flash points, sub-plots and nerve-shredding incident than your average Tom Cruise blockbuster, it seems everyone has an angle even two days after the event.
While most of the press is of a critical nature, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has taken a step back from the result and backed Roberto Mancini as the man to deliver a second successive Premier League crown.
Writing for his column in the Sun, Wright cites a leaky United defence as a cause for City optimism despite the derby day defeat.
“City are still in the title race. Nothing has been decided. If United were winning all their games 1-0, 2-0 and 3-0, I would question how they could slip up," Wright pens.
“United are amazing going forward, with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney enjoying a terrific partnership but, at the back, they have conceded 23 goals in the Premier League… two more goals than Sunderland, who are third bottom.”
Oliver Kay of the Times agrees that it is much too early to write City’s chances off.
“The notion that the Barclays Premier League title race could be over, when there are 22 matches remaining and when the team in first place are shipping goals at an alarming rate, is preposterous,” writes Kay.
“A dramatic defeat in a combustible derby match has left Manchester City six points adrift of their neighbours, but they overturned a bigger deficit last season with just six matches remaining.
“Six points should not represent a daunting gap to a team of City’s talents.”
Meanwhile, with the January transfer window just three weeks away, City have again been linked with Pedro Obiang of Sampdoria.
The 20-year old Spanish midfielder has reportedly been tracked by Tottenham and Chelsea but Simon Jones of the Daily Mail believes that City lead the race for the twinkle-toed playmaker.
Don’t forget that the only place to read confirmed transfer stories is here on mcfc.co.uk when the window re-opens!