We’re seven games into the season now, and the table’s starting to take some semblance of the shape it’ll be in come May. So now that we’ve had a look at all their shiny new players, what do we think of Manchester City? And how likely is the much-touted power shift in Manchester?
Well, City certainly haven’t set the world alight so far this season. They’ve been outclassed by Spurs, they’ve lost at Sunderland, they’ve drawn at home with Blackburn. And yet they sit in second: it’s difficult to ignore the cliché that winning when playing badly is the sign of champions. Potential champions, at least. As I write this, they’re making a bit of a meal out of beating newly-promoted Newcastle. But that comes with having such a squad – the option to bring a player of Adam Johnson’s quality off the bench, a player who can produce a match-winning moment.
United, conversely, differ little from their squad of last season. Too many dropped points away from home have seen them drop further from the league’s summit, and they could wind up five points off leaders Chelsea should they beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge today. Once famed for their ability to pull important goals out of the bag in the dying minutes, suddenly United are conceding goals – and points – late in the game.
Personally, I’m finding this one too tough to call. City are certainly stronger than last season, and should improve on 5th. Which would mean Champions League football, which would mean greater appeal for world-class players. Such as one Fernando Torres, linked strongly with the club in recent weeks. United are pretty much the same as last season, a couple of squad players (or ‘ones for the future’, anyway) aside. And last season’s side lost seven games.
So who do you think will finish higher this season? Are City Manchester’s new top dogs?
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