Manchester Utd Move Level on Points with Manchester City after their 1-0 Defeat at Everton

February 2, 2012 - by mosesbet · Filed Under Sports News Comments Off on Manchester Utd Move Level on Points with Manchester City after their 1-0 Defeat at Everton 

Former Manchester Utd midfielder Darron Gibson helped his former team move level on points with Manchester City after scoring the only goal in Everton’s 1-0 win over City.

Gibson moved to Everton from Utd for an undisclosed fee on January 13th, becoming the fourth ex-united player under Moyes to sign for the Reds (after Neville, Tim Howard and Louis Saha, who incidentally went back to Everton and has now been signed by Tottenham).

City’s latest defeat is their 3rd of the season and leaves them top of the table only on goal difference.  Both Manchester City and Utd and 54 points, with a Goal Difference of 41 and 35 respectively.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2-0 victory at home to Stoke has massively changed the odds from 4/12 to 4/6 for them to secure a 3rd consecutive title.  The change in the title odds have likely come from the fact that Utd tend to perform better in the second half of the season.  You only have to look at last season (10/11) when Man Utd were 12 points behind Chelsea in October and managed to turn this into a giant 15 point lead by March.

For City fans, the defeat will serve as a huge blow to their title campaign and will do nothing to help relieve the “pressure” of a team which has not won the 1st division in the last century.

In addition, new financial regulations introduced by UEFA for the following season will prevent City’s owners from spending lavishly in the transfer market, should they fail to win the title this time round.

In many ways, it is all-or-nothing for City this season.  Robert Mancini’s men have found themselves knocked out of 3 other competitions already this season (the Champions League in November 2011, and the FA Cup and Carling Cup in January 2012), currently without two of their best players – Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure, who are both playing for the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, and pitted against a resurgent Man Utd team who have yet to re-introduce key players such as Ashley Young, Hernandez and Tom Cleverly back into their first team.

Lack of Investment in the Christmas Transfer Window

Interestingly, there wasn’t much activity in this year’s Christmas transfer window.  In total, clubs spent a measly £33.4 million in the transfer window compared to more than £100 million in previous windows.

The fiscal restrictions of many club’s spending habits come from a variety of factors which include new UEFA financial regulations, which will be put into place in 2012, a lack of money under the current economic markets, reduced confidence in buying players during Christmas and getting settled into the first team (eg. Carroll and Torres who were bought for a combined total of £85 million and have only scored 5 goals between them in the last 12 months), high premiums on players and the availability of season-long loan signings.

One of the most active clubs in the Christmas transfer window, QPR, spent big money under Mark Huges on bringing in Fulham’s Bobby Zamora, City’s 25-year-old right back Onuoha, Lazio and former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse and finally a loan signing from AC Milan for defender Taiwo, which occured after QPR’s deal for Brazilian defender Alex fell through.

QPR currently sit in 16th place, 3 points above the drop zone, and should easily now have enough strength in their team to see off Wigan, Wolves and Bolton.