Nicky Butt: Manchester United low on confidence


The 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday saw United slip 12 points behind Pep Guardiola's champions.

The Red Devils were outclassed by their noisy neighbours, as Manchester City defeated United 3-1 and after the match, this Manchester United legend believes he should be the manager of the club.

'Anyone who had a bit of common sense knew it was going to be a very hard game on Sunday and that we had our work cut out, and that every single player had to be at the top of their game to get a result off that team. With a top four finish likely to be the most realistic target for Mourinho's side it is unsurprising that many commentators, former players and fans feel that it is not a good enough return for a club with stature and history of United.

Taylor, hails from the Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, near Manchester United's Old Trafford ground.

Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty said there is a "gulf in class" between the blue and red side of Manchester, and the stats that Mourinho so dislikes seem to suggest this.

At United at the minute, players are low on confidence.

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Pep Guardiola, managing Barcelona at 37, was the first one.

United will trigger an option in De Gea's deal to keep him at the club until at least 2020 but negotiations over a longer agreement are proving hard, with little progress made over the last month.

Anthony Martial is United's top scorer in the league with six, the same amount as City's Raheem Sterling.

So conceding a lot and not scoring much equals not a great goal difference. And normally, I bring Fellaini to this game in the latest part of the game.

The rankings are produced from results over the past four seasons, but the most recent campaign carries a weight of about two-thirds. "Manchester United eventually dropped as low as 19th in March 2016 before something of a recovery began which has taken them up to 12th place now".

That would mean United finishing behind City for a sixth straight season.