A Mancunian title race: Part II?
- Fri 30 Nov 2012, 8:31AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
With United and City already having pulled seven and six points away from the chasing pack, there’s a suggestion that, like last season, the Premier League title race will be contested in Manchester.
City have to get through games against Everton and Borussia Dortmund before attention turns to the first derby of the season but that doesn’t stop John Edwards of the Daily Mail speculating on an all-Manchester affair at the table summit.
“The title race in Scotland has long been derided as little more than a private duel between two teams, yet there is a growing case for saying the same is starting to apply south of the border,” Edwards suggests.
“For Glasgow, read Manchester. For Celtic and Rangers, it’s City and United.
“The Manchester monopoly began to take shape towards the end of last season, when City overhauled what had looked an unassailable United lead and pipped them on goal difference with virtually the last kick of the campaign.
“Third-placed Arsenal trailed in a distant 19 points behind.
"Already, just 14 games in, it looks like being a two-horse race again, with United currently edging City and Chelsea heading an underachieving chasing pack, seven points adrift.”
Elsewhere, Patrick Vieira appears in today’s Times calling for an end to racism in football as the shadow of prejudice has once again cast an unwelcome shadow over the game in recent weeks.
Vieira, who suffered at the hands of racist abuse early in his playing career, told James Ducker that he thinks that clubs should be kicked out of Europe to put an end to the ugly chanting emanating from the terraces.
With Kolo Toure likely to be heading to the African Cup of Nations in January it seems unlikely that Roberto Mancini would watch his only other senior centre back cover for Kompany and Nastasic to leave on loan but Ogden believes it’s a possibility.
“The Premier League fixture at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday was the fifth time in the past seven games that Lescott, who has overcome a recent back strain, has failed to earn a place on the City bench, while he was an unused substitute in the matches against Aston Villa and Real Madrid,” Ogden writes.
“No talks are planned to discuss extending Lescott’s City contract, which expires in June 2014, and it is understood that Mancini is ready to allow the defender to pursue a loan move when the transfer window opens on Jan 1.”
Remember that it’s just paper talk until you read it here on mcfc.co.uk.