Why the Premier League trophy will end up at Manchester City and not Manchester United
It's been 6 games already and neither Manchester clubs have shown any sign of slowing down. With the two clubs occupying the top two positions in the table, the trophy could finally end up at Manchester after a sabbatical of 3 seasons. Having said that there is no denying that at least Chelsea look resolute enough to give these two a run for their money.
After enduring a rather slow start to the season, it seems like City have finally acclimatised to Pep Guardiola's philosophy.
The 16 goals scored in their last 3 matches combined with 3 clean sheets speak for an outfit that is both efficient and ruthless. The Citizens look hungrier than ever with goals coming from every forward and attacking substitutions, killing games by heaping more misery on the opponents.
United started the season in similar fashion with back to back 4-0 victories against The Hammers and Swansea City. But have slowed down since with a couple laborious games.
The way United have gone about their business speaks a lot about the mentality of the attack more than the quality they espouse. With a back four largely untested and goals coming in a flurry against the teams of the lower rung, their ability to handle the pressure against big clubs remains to be seen.
With the addition of a beast of a player in Romelu Lukaku, United seems to be moving about their business with more confidence than we've seen in the last few years. But the addition of the summer has to be Nemanja Matic.The Chelsea oldtimer has been a symbol of strength so far and is performing consistently well.
Mourinho's old trusted comrade has settled well at Old Trafford and looks to be on top of his game. But the question remains; has he been tested well so far? With big clashes yet to come and United slowing down already, does he look like someone who can hold onto his cards until the end of the season?
While Mourinho's men still go about their business with relative ease, it is the Pep's Army that look to be thirsty for blood. After showing the high-flying Liverpool their place by demolishing the Merseyside outfit 5-0 City have gained some sort of ruthless momentum.
The players are combining really well not just upfront but also in the midfield by winning almost every other second ball and duels. Pep finally seems to have hit the mark with his players as his tactics look shrewd and efficient. There is this mechanical efficiency to the system at City and this quality of delivering over and over again (though it has been only six games).
With Wingers providing brilliant crosses and a pack of hungry forwards to pounce on the ball, Manchester City are getting most out of every other chance and look all set to score many more goals.
But on the other side of the city, United had it easy so far. With weaker opposition going completely stale at times, United have grabbed the opportunities to score goals and kill the games with dominating scorelines. There is no denying that United have one of the best attacks in the league but their over-dependence on the keeper David De Gea at the back is still a cause for concern.
With both Manchester Clubs holding firm, it looks like the golden days of English Football is back. Is the Premiership Manchester-bound? It's still way too early to say that. But is this the year of Mourinho-Pep rivalry? It sure looks like it. If they manage to get the best out of each other it would be a season to be remembered.