Tide turns Manchester’s way
It isn’t just the fact that both City and United are joint top of the league, but it is the manner of their performances so far and in particular last weekend.
Arsenal and Tottenham may be weaker than in previous seasons but they still remain two of the division’s toughest opponents – they are not going to trouble the relegation betting put it that way.
But they were swatted aside as if they were a non-league club, dismissed with ease, humiliated in a manner the fans haven’t seen in decades.
It is, of course, very early in the season to make any bold predictions – this time last year Chelsea had the league wrapped according to some pundits – but looking at the two teams it is clear they are going to be a there or thereabouts in the Premier League betting this year.
City’s front-line is frightening. Dzeko, Tevez and Aguero with Silva, Nasri and Toure lurking behind; it is pure fantasy football stuff. These players are so good they don’t need to adjust or bed in, they just need the ball at their feet.
United meanwhile, have undergone something of a transformation in recent months. But such is manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s skill at moulding teams, it doesn’t feel like a side that has been thrown together but has gelled as a unit already.
You have the new boys, David De Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones, who look like they have been at the club for years. You have youngsters like Tom Cleverly and Danny Welbeck, who look to have progressed following loan spells last season. You then have players like Anderson and Chris Smalling who appear to be fulfilling their enormous potential.
It will make for a fascinating title race, especially as Chelsea can’t be discounted. But if I had to choose I would say United to prevail this time, simply due to their greater experience at winning when it matters.
However, given City’s rapid progress and continued generosity of Sheikh Mansour it will be only be a matter of time before the Premier League’s own galacticos lift the title.