If omens are anything to go by, lightning could be about to strike twice in the Premier League title race.
When Sergio Aguero scored in Manchester City’s first league win last April, they went on to win the league. He’s done the same thing this April, which has given City fans everywhere the slightest bit of hope that they can overturn the current 12 point gap from Manchester United.
That’s an omen that City fans will be hoping comes true again this season and it’s amazing why Aguero didn’t start during the match at Old Trafford.
He is a game changer and had he not bagged the winner last night, he looked as though he was waiting for a challenge to come in so he could hit the deck and possibly win a penalty.
Aguero had a strike rate of nine goals over the final nine games of the season last year and he’s bagged 14 goals so far this season, which is a ratio he will be looking to improve.
It wasn’t the performance that mattered last night, it was all about getting three points on the board and closing that gap and Roberto Mancini will now be thinking about getting the gap back into single figures.
There is no doubt that United have a tougher run in over the rest of the season and there are clear matches where they could drop points; against Stoke City, against Arsenal and against Chelsea.
However, and it’s a massive however, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team will have to play extremely poorly to lose their current lead in the same way they lost an eight point lead at the back end of last season.
City just need to go about their business and they have fixtures left this season, which they should be aiming to win comfortably. If they can produce a perfect run in, it will at least make United work as hard as possible to get the title back.
It wouldn’t have mattered if City had been appalling during the game last night, what mattered was the points. So the fact they did produce a solid and dominant display, is something which should give City fans some hope over the rest of the season.
It was also a clear indication that Roberto Mancini is starting to get better in a tactical sense. He saw where United could be pressured and dominated, he exploited it and Ferguson couldn’t react.
Can City pull it off?
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