Rather than intimidate Manchester United as it’s designed to do, they should see it as an encouraging sign which could ironically make them work even harder to stay ahead of their city rivals.
The natural reaction for City now they have been surpassed at the top of the league is to fall back on the methods that got them there. In short, they will spend to try and create a better squad.
That alerts United in the respect that they will also have to double their efforts in a bid to stay one step ahead of the side now challenging them for the Premier League title.
It should make United very serious about the key transfer targets they have been linked with this summer; Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund and Kevin Strootman of PSV Eindhoven to name just two.
City’s intention to spend to reduce the gap allows United to make sure they have the immediate resources of their own available to guarantee the arrival of their first choice targets.
However, for United it’s not all about the transfer market because they will tool up and refine in many different areas this summer to stay ahead as the best team in England.
Sir Alex Ferguson has some big decisions to make over the nature of his squad and City’s actions will encourage him to review the side and make these changes quickly, rather than waiting over the summer until the new season gets closer.
The benefit that has is that it enables United to head into the new season with a more balanced squad, effectively removing all of the bugs in the current side which have been troublesome.
City’s actions will also help every single member of the United side to guard against complacency.
They will see City tooling up with some high profile arrivals and that will have the effect of making every key United player very focused because it could be harder for them to retain the trophy next season.
It’s also a signal to United that they aren’t going away, which makes it very important for the Chief Executive coming in to replace David Gill, to ensure that United can maintain their competitiveness in a financial sense.
United rely on third parties and external circumstances for a lot of their cash, as they don’t have a group or individual to fall back on. City’s spending makes guaranteeing the longevity of these funds very important.
Fortunately for United they have a boss who is aware of all of this and he’ll probably already be trying to get his first choice targets signed up and secured before City can land blows of their own.
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