Both Manchester teams, Manchester City and Manchester United, are struggling under new management and things seem to get worse by the day. United’s noisy neighbors are having a hard time trying to emulate Roberto Mancini‘s style of play with Manuel Pellegrini‘s more rugged, hard fought approach. Even though Mancini had some success by winning the Barclays Premier League just two seasons ago, Manchester City have yet to make any sort of impact in Europe and their Champions League campaigns have been miserable.
Much of their troubles have been credited to their goalkeeper Joe Hart who seems to make mistakes at critical moments in high profile games, making him an easy scapegoat for City’s pathetic start to the season. I agree that Hart’s performances have been far from spectacular and he should worry about keeping his job, but the problem is deeper than shaky hands in goal. City probably has the most talented and deep squad in the world thanks to Sheikh Mansour‘s megabucks, but their play is boring at best.
Luckily for Pellegrini, Manchester United’s start to the season has been worse, and much of the media has failed to criticize and question Pellegrini’s management. He is a manager that has had some success with small budget teams such as Villareal and Malaga FC but has failed to impress under the spotlight of an elite team i.e. Manchester City and Real Madrid. The pressure to produce results and manage a deep squad full of egotistical players is too much for an aging Pellegrini, and if Manchester City fail to realize this soon they will continue to play second fiddle to Manchester United and perform poorly in Europe.