Manchester United and Manchester City played in the last 16 of the English Football League Cup on Wednesday with Juan Mata scoring the only goal of the game. This game came at a time where both teams are struggling with defeats and draws but at the moment Jose Mourinho seems to have gotten one over old rival Pep Guardiola. This game did not prove to fans of both teams that their teams have recovered from their unpardonable performances in recent times, how do they get themselves back on track?
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United were whitewashed in London on Sunday and on Wednesday they had to ride on the services of Juan Mata to be able to make amends and make it to the quarter finals where they host West Ham. Pep Guardiola is on his worst run as a manager after failing to win his last five games. Guardiola seems to have lost faith in a number of top stars including Vincent Kompany, Sergio Toure and Yaya Toure and a comeback for Toure in particular might turn his team around if he gives him the chance to be able to make a statement in the team’s play.
Jose Mourinho might have felt devastated by Manchester United’s poor showing last time round and the win comes as a huge boost after Paul Pogba was pushed upfront given him the space to connect with the forwards. Many Manchester United fans have complained bitterly about the exclusion of Michael Carrick in the line-up and so far his starts has yielded positive results as partnerships with Pogba and Herrera has been the best United has seen this season.
Pep Guardiola is in trouble after exiting the English Football League Cup – one of the trophies he could have won early on in the season. Manchester City’s troubles started coming after drawing away to Celtic and conceding a defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur. The international break should have provided some kind of relief to City but only two points have been added to the 18 points they had before the break. The coming weekend is filled with some great matches and both teams need a win to keep the halves of Manchester on song.
Manchester United and Manchester City Need Breakthrough Wins on Matchday 10
Paul Pogba is still warming up to the setup at Manchester United and Saturday’s game against Burnley at home provides the perfect opportunity for Pogba to get his axe together and get the assists and goals that the football world once adored him for.
Pep Guardiola has been a little complacent with his line-ups and his team might have thought they had already run away with the title amid the performances demonstrated from the first eight games but would need to do more if they are to take three points and maintain the lead at the top of the table since Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs are on their tail.
Mourinho and Guardiola has all the experience it takes to manage at the top and would look forward to implementing their new strategies in the upcoming matches.
Manchester United hosts Burnley whiles Manchester City plays on the road against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 29th at 7:00am PST.