Pep Guardiola's current Manchester City crop can’t compare to Manchester United’s 1999 treble winners
Of course they are an exceptional Premier League team, but the very best can handle several different competitions at once.
Guardiola’s argument is flawed in this respect because City were beaten by Wigan in the FA Cup and were beaten 5-2 on aggregate by Liverpool in the Champions League.
The greatest side remains Manchester United’s 1999 team because they juggled competitions and ended the season with Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
That United side is enduring, remember for that spectacular run in and that incredible finish to the season when they mugged Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.
Now they really were the best.
Zaha v Mahrez
ONLY one winner here.
Little wonder Pep Guardiola has put Wilfried Zaha ahead of Riyad Mahrez on his summer wishlist. Mahrez went missing at Selhurst Park on Saturday, outshone by the mesmerising talents of Palace’s in-form forward.
Zaha, outstanding again for Palace in their thumping 5-0 win over Leicester, has a big call to make in the summer.
He was too inexperienced and ill-equipped to deal with life at Manchester United when he moved to Old Trafford in 2013.
Since then he has matured into one of the most dangerous players in the Premier League and Palace will do well to keep him from the champions this summer.
Gerrard for 'Gers
STEVEN GERRARD must take the Rangers job.
Toppling Celtic – and Brendan Rodgers – is the only challenge in Scotland for a club with Rangers’ fan base.
If he succeeded – especially after they were cuffed 5-0 by Celtic yesterday – it would be a passport to the top jobs in European football.
Gerrard clearly got the taste for it when he watched Liverpool’s 5-2 demolition of Roma in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
He would have a free pass in his first season at Ibrox to establish his playing style and to bring in the personnel he needed to challenge Celtic.
If he could overtake them, establishing Rangers as the dominant force again north of the border, Gerrard will have the pick of top clubs within a couple of years.
Klopp is letting himself down
JURGEN KLOPP is turning into a grumpy bear when the big calls go against him.
His pointed gesture on Saturday, snubbing the handshake of a match official on the pitch because he had not signalled for a penalty when Georginio Wijnaldum’s cross struck the arm of Erik Pieters, was unnecessary and undignified.
A week earlier he had been particularly ungracious to West Brom after their two late goal secured a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.
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The best teams are relentless, churning out the results and the victories regardless of a mistake by a referee or linesman.
Klopp has had a pretty good season in charge at Anfield and there is still lots to look forward to when they travel to Roma on Thursday.
Liverpool’s manager will be feeling the pressure ahead of a Champions League semi-final second leg, but this is no way to behave at the highest level.
Give them Moore
Darren Moore has earned the right to manage West Brom.
This under-stated caretaker is unbeaten in four games since replacing Alan Pardew at the Hawthorns.
It has all come too late for West Brom, but the reaction of their players every time they score tells its own story after Pardew’s miserable spell in charge of the Baggies.
Moore has already won at Manchester United and Newcastle in his short spell in charge and deserves a shot at winning promotion with them next season.
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