The Premier League is looking very strong this year all round, but two sides have really taken control in the early games of the season. With identical records Manchester City and Manchester United sit level at the top of the table, 4 wins, 1 draw, 16 goals scored and 2 goals conceded, is how the two shape up so far.
Manchester City, after a roller-coaster season last time out, Guardiola is hopeful of a title winning campaign this year and the way City have started it looks very possible. Scoring goals has never been a problem for city and with players such as; Aguero, Jesus, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane and a whole load more, it looks like we will once again see a free scoring City side if the first 5 games are anything to go by.
A major issue for City in recent times has been their defence, with their captain Kompany inconsistently fit we will have to see how City will cope with this, so far their defence has looked far improved and with the summer signings of Mendy, Walker and Danilo they have solved the full back issue. Brazilian Ederson has looked solid in the early games of the season pulling off some good saves and so far keeping 3 clean sheets.
The first 5 games for City have looked strong especially the most recent ones including an emphatic 5-0 win over Liverpool and a dominant 6-0 victory against Watford, Guardiola is sure to be impressed with the improving partnership of Aguero and Jesus. A 1-1 draw with Everton being the low-point of the season so far but City sure didn’t dwell over that result for too long as they continued their incredible start to the season.
The style of play Guardiola has brought to city has been very easy to see and has had a good reception by City fans as it brings a mixture of controlled build up play and prolific attacks, we have never seen a City side look this well balanced and if this continues fans at the Etihad will be delighted come the end of the season.
Now lest move on to the red side of Manchester, Mourinho takes charge of his second season at United looking to improve on last seasons underwhelming 6th place finish, although despite finishing 6th they did manage to win the Europa League as well as the Capital One Cup. With the summer additions showing United’s aim to build a strong and dominant side they have looked very strong so far this season.
United so far have dominated games throughout the start of the season with a common theme of the score remaining 1-0 and then Manchester United scoring a majority of their goals when the opposition is deflated. United’s main problem last year was scoring goals but this season they have had no problems finding the net, scoring 16 goals so far, new signing Romelu Lukaku getting 5 of those goals leaving him joint top goal scorer tied with who else but Sergio Aguero.
United’s strong start to the season suffered a setback when they were held to a 2-2 draw away at Stoke but Mourinho’s side didn’t let this hold them back as they went on to win 4-0 against Everton in their most recent fixture. Paul Pogba has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and after an excellent start to the season he will be a huge miss for United.
The signing of Matic seems to be proving superb value for money as he opens up the midfield for players like; Pogba and Herrera to have more freedom. With United looking dominant it is sure shaping up to be a better season for them after a disappointing last few seasons. Although they are yet to face a “top 6” club so far we are excited to see how they will handle it.
Both Manchester clubs are looking a class apart from the rest with both sides scoring goals for fun. Guardiola’s side have arguably had the tougher start to the season as they have faced Liverpool whereas United are yet to be given a real test. With United failing to win a title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, United fans are hopeful of success with this new look side, I’m sure every football fan out there cannot wait to watch this years Manchester derby and I am certain that it will not disappoint. Although we are only 5 games in I think it is fair to say that these two will be up there come the end of the season, it could even come all the way down to the last kick of the ball as it did when City famously beat QPR to win the League. Whatever happens this year one thing is for sure, both of the Manchester clubs are looking very promising indeed and could they even be contenders in Europe?
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