As fallout from Saturday’s sensational Manchester derby continues, Manchester City have been accused of having a ‘glass jaw’ and lacking leadership.
The Cityzens raced to a 2-0 first half lead thanks to goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan, but were left stunned by the visitors who scored three goals in 16 second half minutes. While the result is unlikely to stop City becoming champions of England for a fifth time, the manner of their defeat will come as a concern to Pep Guardiola, especially considering they were thumped 3-0 in midweek by Liverpool in midweek.
Speaking on the Sky Sports Sunday Supplement programme, the Sunday Mirror’s chief football writer Simon Mullock, said:
“We talk about Manchester City being one of the best Premier League sides we’ve ever seen, but great Premier League teams don’t give up goals like that. It’s like a boxer having a glass jaw.
“It’s very difficult to lay a glove on City but when you do then it only takes one punch and they’re on the ropes. It happened at Anfield this week and earlier this season exactly the same. United didn’t have to do that much different to put City under pressure and that’s a worrying thing for Guardiola.
“You wonder how many leaders they’ve got in that team. You look at Arsenal with Patrick Vieira, United with Roy Keane. Have City got that player when it’s going wrong, you look at Vincent Kompany maybe, but they maybe don’t have that warrior that will bring the players together and that’s maybe something Guardiola needs to address.”
City will be hoping to get back to winning ways after on Tuesday against Liverpool, where they know they need to score at least four goals without reply to progress to the Champions League semi-finals. While scoring goals isn’t usually a problem for Guardiola’s side, keeping a clean sheet looks more of a challenge at the moment.