Craig Bellamy pinpoints when Man United season unravelled

The Liverpool FC legend explains when Manchester United season's turned under Jose Mourinho

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Craig Bellamy believes Manchester United’s turning point in the 2017-18 season was their 2-1 loss to Manchester City at Old Trafford in December.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table and ended up a staggering 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City.

Manchester United finished ahead of Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table to secure a place in the Champions League.

However, the 20-time English champions haven’t played attractive football this term and Manchester City, Liverpool FC and Spurs have scored more goals than Jose Mourinho’s men.

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Manchester City at Old Trafford back in December to give Pep Guardiola’s side the springboard to go on to win the Premier League title.

The Red Devils can still end the season on a positive note if Manchester United can beat Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley next weekend.

Former Liverpool FC striker Bellamy believes Manchester United’s season turned on their derby loss to Manchester City at Old Trafford back in December.

“That Man City game at Old Trafford, you could sense among United fans that they didn’t want to play City, because they were going to play them off the park,” Bellamy told Sky Sports.

“At the time, it must have been every United supporter’s nightmare, to see them across the road, who have always been in your shadow, and actually you’ve been laughing at them for a few years, and now they have manager you always wanted, playing the type of football you would give anything for.

“From that moment, not just United supporters but the players knew that City were way ahead of them.”

Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of the Red Devils.

The 20-time English champions lost 2-1 to Sevilla in the Champions League semi-finals.

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