Manchester United fans have expressed their frustration after Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur further highlighted the consequences of only managing a 1-1 draw against Stoke City.
Anthony Martial‘s 69 minute goal was cancelled out after the visitors scored against the run of play through Joe Allen, whilst two first-half goals consigned Man City to their first defeat of the season.
A victory for Man United would have closed the gap between themselves and City to just three points.
Supporters were notably disappointed with their side’s failure to capitalise on City’s defeat.
City's result doesn't soften ours. It just makes it more annoying…
— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) October 2, 2016
City lose, missed opportunity #mufc
— Dan-O (@Nightwink99) October 2, 2016
Typical how City finally drop points but only on the same day when we drop points against Stoke. Oh ffs – #mufc
— Usama. 💫 (@Uzzy7_) October 2, 2016
A 1-1 draw at home to Stoke is the type of game one begins to reflect on towards the latter stages of the season. A seemingly straightforward game, promising a comfortable three points, suddenly descends into panic and regret, and as May arrives, the acrimony of that afternoon is amplified.
One recent case in point: United’s 0-0 draw with an insipid Newcastle United side at Old Trafford back in August 2015. This result, initially dismissed as ‘one game out of 38’, suddenly came across as responsible for United’s failure to reach the Champions League on goal difference last season.
United fans will just hope that this result – which leaves Mourinho’s men five points adrift of top spot – doesn’t have a similar impact come May.