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Re: 2012-13 English Premier League Thread
No, not really when you compare resources. It's easy for Mancini to slag off one of his players and piss them off because he always has a ready made replacement, sometimes two. I mean, he actually had the luxury of fucking off Tevez and having the players to cope without him easily for ages.
The fact that United had to bring a player out of retirement to compete shows how big the gap is/was between the two clubs in terms of finance and squad depth. United had a keeper who was suffering a nightmare for the first few months, a disorganised defence that was plauged with injuries, a midfield that was often non existent and a striker who didn't want to be there for a while. When you add in the fact that Chelsea were garbage under AVB while Arsenal haven't been taken seriously as a title contender for some time then you realise that it should have been a walk in the park for a Citeh squad that is by far the strongest in premier league history.
I will give credit to Mancini and say that he did an excellent job of taking the pressure off of his players in the final few weeks, saying they'd lost the title and putting pressure on United, but Citeh should have had the league wrapped up a long time before that. It was hardly genius, just a case of Mancini cleaning up his own mess.