When the new season kicked off, no one had predicted that Manchester City would dominate their way through till December. But that’s what Pep Guardiola and co. have been doing, and no one across Europe has been able to put a stop to their incredible run.
However, according to Alan Shearer, locals rivals Manchester United still pose an immense threat to the Sky Blues’ position as favourites to win the title.
Guardiola has managed to completely turn around an almost disastrous campaign of last season towards a road to Premier League glory. City are yet to face defeat across all competitions this term, and they even equalled Arsenal’s record of 13 straight wins in the league in their last outing.
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But the Newcastle United legend believes Jose Mourinho’s men are still capable of edging over their bitter rivals to the title, and he explained why in his column in The Sun, which read:
“But I was not saying [on Match of the Day] they are as good as City, because based on the consistent levels of performances this season so far, they have not been. What I am saying is that on an occasion like Saturday’s, away from home against an in-form Arsenal, at times they certainly were.
“So any thoughts City have of a runaway title success, leading to years of domination, must be tempered. United will be pursuing them and if they win the derby on Sunday it will really be game on.
“They have the best goalkeeper in the world, an improving defence, and going forward against Arsenal their one-touch play was as good as anything City have produced. I tipped them for the league this season and, while that may look a forlorn hope, I am not giving up yet.”
There’s no doubt that the decorated striker has a point in his opinions, and looking through his perspective makes it clear why.
Meanwhile, as Shearer said, the upcoming derby will be key in deciding what way Mourinho’s side is heading towards, and it might be the earliest indicator of who the genuine title contenders are among them.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.