City catching United - Can lightning really strike twice?

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says the club can catch Manchester United this season but here’s why he’s wrong.

It’s not quite the worst case scenario for Manchester City just yet but it’s not far off from that point as they currently sit seven points behind Manchester United in the title race.

Vincent Kompany has suggested City have enough to pull this gap back and he’s perfectly within his rights to make such a claim after City clawed back an eight point gap last season with six games left to win the league.

However, United under Sir Alex Ferguson don’t goo two seasons on the bounce too often without winning the league. Some have suggested Ferguson is at his best as a manager at the moment despite his age.

He has commented on the rivalries and challenges that have been thrown up by Arsenal and Chelsea in recent years and in each case, each time United have lost the league they have bounced back stronger.

Many people forge that an apparently poor United side only lost the title last season by a single goal and Ferguson responded by signing Robin Van Persie. United now have a staggering 54 league goals from 21 matches.

Kompany could well have been speaking bearing in mind United’s poor defensive record this season which has seen them leak 28 goals compared to City’s 19 but in each match United have been put under pressure, they have done on to get the three points.

United’s squad options have also been a lot better this season. Their rough patch came at the start of the league campaign when Ferguson was struggling to find four defenders.

Each side has a spell each year like this when injuries become a big problem but now United have the majority of their players fit it means they have plenty of options for the last 17 games of the season should they pick up problems to key players.

One area that allowed City to pull back that eight point gap last season was their efficiency on the road. However, this season they have failed to take all three points on five different occasions.

Roberto Mancini’s consistency in terms of changing his striking combinations and defensive structure has also prevented the side from achieving as much as they could have done with everything settled.

Kompany has to make these comments because he is the City captain but very few would bet on United mucking up their title challenge this time round.

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