If this weekend’s Premier League action has taught us anything, it’s that the two Manchester clubs still have a long way to go before they’re considered unbeatable.
The cracks were already showing in Jose Mourinho’s project at United before they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by strugglers Stoke. As for City, their 100% record was left in tatters by dominant Spurs, who raced to a 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
Those kind of results have a tendency to bring about a knee-jerk reaction, but the two clubs were already well aware that they could do with a little strengthening in January.
Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Toni Kroos is being targeted by Mourinho – and his old rival Pep Guardiola – despite Real Madrid hoping he will sign a new contract to keep him at the Bernabeu.
The Germany international is familiar with Guardiola having played under him at Bayern Munich, but that relationship lasted just a season, so it seems surprising the City boss wants to bid for him now.
It will take even more crazy money to tempt Real into selling one of their unsung heroes, but if it could prove the difference between winning the Premier League and falling short, both the Manchester clubs may well be willing to splash out.