More tabloid doom and gloom
- Mon 11 Feb 2013, 8:35AM
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
The fall-out from Saturday’s miserable 3-1 loss at Southampton continues to the hog the headlines in the majority of Monday Press reports.
Transfer speculation has taken a back seat with the Blues slipping further behind United in the race for the title.
It’s hard to argue that the odds aren’t heavily stacked in the Reds’ favour with just 12 games to go and a dozen-point lead and the theories of how this hefty lead has come around are abound.
Sam Cunningham in the Daily Mail quotes Roberto Mancini in his piece and centres on the two major errors that compounded City’s plight against the Saints.
He writes: “The defence had been awfully exposed by Jason Puncheon before Joe Hart spilt a routine catch from Rickie Lambert’s shot, letting Steven Davis score as City fell two goals behind after just 22 minutes.
“They got back into the match before half-time with a breakaway goal, started and finished by Edin Dzeko.
“Mancini must have thought it could not get worse than Hart’s howler, but up stepped Gareth Barry to score the most comic own goal of the season, placing Lambert’s low cross into his own bottom-right corner.
“‘Congratulations to Mauricio Pochettino, to Southampton, but I am very disappointed with our performance. Maybe two men played OK.
For a team like us which has won the title, won the FA Cup, won the Charity Shield after 38 years, it’s normal that the year after as champions could be difficult
In the Daily Telegraph, Alan Hansen believes the Blues didn’t begin the campaign in the right frame of mind, handing the initiative to United in the early weeks of the 2012/13 season.
The Match of the Day pundit writes: “As United fixed the problems in their squad that cost them a year ago — not least with the purchase of Robin van Persie – City acted like the hard work was done and committed the errors which have surely now ended their reign.
“You can never absolutely say it is over in February, but I see no coming back for City now and although you will not hear Mancini and Ferguson admit if publicly, privately they know it. The victory lap towards United’s 20th title effectively began at full-time against Everton.”
Well, it ain't over till it's over!