Is this not the weakest, lamest excuse ever uttered by a bunch of football fans? It's repeated here on a near constant basis and had me thinking has this line of reasoning happened before? When Blackburn started chucking money around and won the league did we bemoan our bad luck? If it wasn't for Blackburn we'd have won the league after all!! Same goes when Arsenal won the league with that unbeaten run. If only they didn't exist that season. During Mourinho's first stint at Chesea did United fans shrug their shoulders and blame circumstances? The three clubs mentioned all raised the bar relative to their time but I remember our response, within the club and fan base, being one of self reflection. A club had moved past us and we needed to up our game. It wasn't out of our hands, we had the resources to respond and did just that. We didn't use Blackburn or Chelsea as the excuse to wipe away our own shortcomings. Fergie simply upped his game, made sure his signings were spot on and it all came back. Is that how everyone else remembers it or did we react as many do today? This isn't a thread to discuss City. Nor is it a demand to be top. Clearing that up now before the drama queens start their fiction.