|By Nathan Powe|
Given recent results in the Manchester derby and the current state of the league the outcome in it self is fairly significant but it was the manner of City's capitulation which is most telling.
Within eight minutes city were 1-0 up having cut United to pieces right from the kick off. Aguero, who bagged a beautiful opener, finished off the scoring with his 100th goal for City on 88 minutes after United had gone down to ten men, Carrick forced to withdraw through injury. Despite the landmark goal, achieved in record time for a city player, Aguero and his teammates jogged back to the halfway line and wasted their numerical advantage as injury time passed by. Much like City themselves over the past few years they missed their opportunity.
Sheikh Mansour has invested millions in City, buying some of the world's finest players, paying huge wages and building world class training facilities to rival any club in the world yet in 2015 his team have looked mediocre at best.
The old cliche states that winning a title is hard but defending it is even harder and so it has proved for the boys from Eastlands as they have failed to defend either of the Premier League titles which they have won in the last four years.
City have done brilliantly to break apart the hegemony of the Premier League, but crucially they've failed to push on. When the Premier League was formed in the early 1990s United were a sleeping giant, Leeds had just won the league and Liverpool were waning. The folks at Old Trafford capitalised and built a new dynasty, the same should have happened in the blue half of Manchester in the past five or six years but it failed to materialise. Arsenal have been hamstrung by financial constraints, Chelsea failed to recognise that Mourinho was their most important asset and the other major clubs lacked the resources or vision to put themselves at the top of the league. City were perfectly positioned, instead today they've been embarrassed by their bitter rivals and serious questions are again being asked about where they are going as a club.
City's management have to take a large chunk of the blame, Pellegrini has been incredibly stubborn this season, failing to recognise that his tactical preferences have been figured out and slow to react to in-game situations. Txiki Begiristain, City's Director of Football, the man in charge of signings, has had a stinker since moving over from Spain. One of his most high profile signings, Eliaquim Mangala, brought in for around £31 million, has proven himself unable to dislodge the 34 year old error prone Martin Demichelis at the heart of City's defence and looked hopeless when he was brought on in the derby.
Other City players don't seem to bothered either, Yaya Toure, once the most menacing player in the league doesn't look interested at all and Sergio Aguero's reaction to scoring 100 goals for the club should cause a significant worry to any fan of the club.
Much has been made of the fact that City's squad contains too many ageing players but they have spent the last couple of years signing young potential, the problem is they never play them. Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Jermoe Boateng all spring to mind as examples of excellent young players who were discarded by City.
If City really want to become the biggest club in the world then they need to show the resilience
that their neighbours have shown so many times over the years.
City must look back to their roots, bring young hungry players through in to the first team and
look to win and then defend titles. City haven't slipped in to short-term thinking yet but they
are on the brink of falling in to that trap, it must be avoided at all costs or City will end up like
so many rich clubs throughout history, a footnote instead of a dynasty.
Nathan Powe is a regular contributor to Until Kickoff. You can follow his random grumblings on Twitter here and on Until Kickoff's feed.