The Citizens headed in to their encounter at Old Trafford with on a dreadful run of four away defeats in succession in all competitions, including losses at Burnley and Crystal Palace.
For the first 10 minutes, in contrast it was United who looked like a team lacking in ideas as David Silva and Sergio Aguero combined beautifully to put the visitors ahead.
However, City’s defensive frailties soon came to fore as the Red Devils hit back soon after before going on to find the net another three times with Eliaquim Mangala in particular very poor.
The Etihad outfit looked anything like the side which won the Premier League campaign last year, prompting BBC pundit Savage to highlight how far behind their rivals they have now fallen.
"Look at the body language of Manchester City's players! They know they are getting annihilated. What are we seeing here from this City defence? Did Mangala really cost £32m?” Savage questioned.
“I think he was playing everyone on side. I think we are looking at one team going one way, and another team going another way. On this performance they are miles behind this United team."
Big changes needed
Simply put, confidence has been drained from this City side, but one also has to question their transfer policy in recent seasons.
City have somehow ended up with a number of players who are simply not good enough, but more worryingly at an age where they are going to be difficult to sell on.
Aside from genuine dearth of world-class players in the squad, Manuel Pellegrini’s side seemingly have no top youngsters to call upon unlike rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
In the summer, City need a shake-up, but they also need to plan better for the future and buy younger players who can establish themselves as first-team regulars for a number of years.