United will be weaker next year????? hmmmmmm - let's see, are they likely to have a similar injury list to this year? Jones, de Gea, Welbeck will have so much more experience than they had at the start of this year - de Gea had a very ropey start but was constantly playing behind a different back 4 every game - now he looks a top-class keeper. If Pogba stays (and it looks like he may well do) he is a real prospect as well. United may well make 2 - 3 signings as well, and it would be no surprise to find those tied up beore the Euros start as United like to get business settled early and be able to work in pre-season knowing what the squad will be - even if a number of players will be on holiday after the Euros.
I have supported United for quite a while - and I think it is good that City are now emerging as a competitor - Liverpool are still a shadow of their former glory, Chelsea have problems - I hope Arsenal will at last make some signings and get back to being competitive at the very top - Spurs have played some brilliant football and it will be good if they can keep Modric, Bale etc - but that probably depends on keeping Harry as manager. However, I think the biggest issue City face is how to resolve the terrible dilemma their cash extravanganza has created at the club with the stockpile of players City don't want to keep.
I don't know of any other club who has told recently bought players that they are no longer good enough for the club's current ambitions but has stuck price tags on them which reflect the buying price and not the current value of the player. City actually need to go further than that - since they handed out incredibly generous salaries to attract these players in the first stages of 'the project', a buying club has to regard 'current value' as the total of transfer fee + salary costs - if City really want to move players on, they need to set the transfer fees much lower - then players can move and not lose out financially, and City could start to build a balanced squad with a larger number of talented but not world class players to go alongside a number of world class players .
A lot has been said about City having the best team and the best squad this year. I completely disagree - City have more world class players than anyone else at the moment, but their squad is pretty thin if they have to do without Kompany, or Silva, or Aguero etc., and the recent antics suggest that best 'team' is a joke - on Monday night, United rather huffed and puffed for 80 minutes but kept plugging away, building pressure on Blackburn, until eventually they made the breakthrough - something of a contrast to City's performance on Sunday.
Likewise with teh supporters - I don't particularly like the derisory names applied to the ground, like the 'Emptyshed' - but I was amazed to see City supporters pouring out of the ground with 15 minutes left. In contrast, United took 7000 fans to Blackburn and provided almost all the noise in the stadium.
I don't see this as a piece designed to disrupt the City squad - as bluekip suggests below - I think the petty squabbling recently does raise some serious issues at City about how they resolve the dilemma about prsonnel, and whether Mancini is the best person to try to balance the demandsd aspirations of all the players in the squad.