At the beginning of the Premier League season, a huge debate was going on among football fans across the country. The question being considered was whether or not Man City would surpass United as the dominant football force in the city?
A quick glance at the league table and results from four Manchester derby's this season show what was pretty obvious back in August. The Red Devils are still significantly bigger and better than thier "noisy neighbours". As Del Boy would say; "It's all there in black and white. What can't speak can't lie!"
The 2009/10 season has been somewhat of a disaster for the Citizens both on and off the pitch. A total transfer expenditure of around £250million and after 34 games they are only in 6th position.
Not to mention the work of Garry Cook, who was brought in from Nike to transfer Manchester City from an average English club into a global brand to rival that of Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Well for a man of Marketing and PR, he has had a nightmare. The whole situation surrounding the sacking of Mark Hughes was disgraceful. The manner is which he was desposed of was brutal and disrespectful.
The press conference which followed was one of the most angry and demanding in terms of press questioning in recent years as Cook tried to worm his way out of any blame with a well prepared statement.
If anything, Garry Cook has taken his the club backwards - losing all affection and respect for a once proud club.
The sooner Sheikh Mansour gives Cook the chop, the better!
In all fairness though, if Roberto Mancini's men actually make it into fourth place and the Champions League, it can only be good for football.
Just thinking about the prospect of United and City squaring up to each other in the knockout stages of the competition sets the imagination racing and the excitement building - maybe not for the police whose job would become significantly harder overnight!
So here is to the future of Manchester and football. To many more years of City attempting to cut it with the big boys and probably knowing them...failing!