Premier League titles are won in various ways. Manchester United won most by cruising their way to almost perfect seasons, while Arsenal memorably secured the title by going an entire season unbeaten.
Perhaps the most suitable indication of how this season might pan out is the final table of the 2011-12 season, which saw both the Mancunian clubs tied at points at the top of the table, but it was City that clinched the title owing to a superior goal difference.
With a mere six matches being played in the Premier League so far, the table has taken a similar shape, and looks to continue that way due to City’s goal-scoring prowess and the Red Devil’s phenomenal surge back to form. However, a former Citizen reckons it will be United that will win the race this season, and the reasons he cites are strange.
In an interview with talkSPORT radio, former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton, when asked who he reckoned would win this season, surprisingly replied that it would be Manchester United, He added: “I do, mainly because the manager is a serial winner. He knows how to win.”
While he is certainly right to pinpoint Jose Mourinho’s brilliance at the helm and his knack for bagging titles, it is the other reason he provided that is bound to raise some eyebrows.
He continued: “Also, I think when the cold weather comes and the fixture congestion comes, I think Manchester United have got the physicality to deal with it. If you remember last year, City started like a house on fire and then the cold snap comes in.”
To provide a semblance of logic for this, he added: “Them South Americans, I’m not too sure they like it when it gets cold here.”
It is true that the Blues do possess a decent amount of South Americans in the team, notably Argentine Sergio Aguero and his compatriot Nicolas Otamendi, in addition to Brazilians Danilo, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, and Ederson. A sole Chilean in the form of Claudio Bravo is also a part of their formidable roster.
However, it is highly unlikely that the weather alone would curb their chances at the title. For that matter, United too possess their fair share of South Americans through Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, and Sergio Romero.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.