Do Manchester City's players want to play for Pellegrini?
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been cast under scrunity in the last few months after his players' performances have suggested a lack of desire and hunger to win. United triumph over thier bitter rivals City at the weekend did nothing but cast more doubts over the Chilean's long-term future at the club - is this because of a training ground bust-up?
Since the turn of the year, Manchester City have registered a significant amount of poor performances and fans have become increasingly frustrated with the tactics employed by 'The Engineer'. The man who led them to a successful double last season has been at the forefront of fans' outbursts as the supporters have witnessed their title hopes being crushed and found themselves battling to stay in the top four.
Uncoincidentally, in my opinion, City's poor form began as Montenegro striker Stevan Joveitc started to be isolated from the squad. I believe there is a possibility of a fall-out between manager and player and the rest of the squad took the side of Jovetic. Pellegrini has since been rumoured to have had a bust-up with French midfielder Samir Nasri, over dropping the former Arsenal player for the match against Leicester in March.
I still think that the City player's have the same desire and hunger for the fans, but it is outweighted by the mutiny against Pellegrini. The Manchester derby was a key example of this. City player's reignited the form they showed last season for the first ten minutes, before losing the motivation to continue at such a tempo and ended up being dominated for the entirity of the game and lost 4-2 at the Theatre of Dreams.
Another change which supports this theory is that, even when City were behind at half-time, Pellegrini seemed to motivate them massively and that would show in their performance, but this has also failed to happen in 2015.
When City are behind going into the break, they return to the field as the same, depleted team that left the pitch 15 minutes earlier. City's performances have left questions overhanging of the future of some players and staff at the club.
Prior to this, in my articles, I have thoroughly supported Pellegrini through the current torrid spell. But, after the performances against Manchester United, it became clear to me that these performances aren't just a poor run of form. Something has clearly gone wrong in either the dressing room or in training because this City team's lack of harmony has shone through.
I'm almost certain that Pellegrini won't be in charge come the start of next season, and I think the players will be hoping for the same outcome.
A new manager coming in could be just what City need to regain their ambition and desire to succeed as a team. City need a proven manager in European, as well as domestic, competetions.
My current three-man shortlist would be Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp or Diego Simeone.