The talk of the town is that Manchester City have improved. Blues yesterday were claiming they were happy on Saturday because of their performance and that, tick tock, their time was coming. This is an opinion their manager shares.

“I told the players to go home and have a drink,” said Mancini. “They should be disappointed by the result, but not by the performance. We are very close to United now, very close.”

Are they very close? Well, the table shows there is 8 points between us despite City having played a game more. Is potentially 11 points difference very close? Hmm. Wolves (20th) are closer to Stoke (9th) than City are to United.

So, let’s look at the facts.

This season at Old Trafford, United scored two great goals whilst the only chance City converted was a deflection off David Silva’s arse.
Last season, United only managed to beat City thanks to an injury time winner after they had scored 3 goals.
The season before, they beat us 2-1. Improvement?

Last season, after 27 games, City were on 49 points. This season, after 27 games, City are on 49 points. Improvement?