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With both Manchester clubs under new management, it will be interesting to see how both parties settle in to the fierce rivalry between the clubs.
City have a lot to prove. Even forgetting the pitiful defence of their title, since 2008 there has been an injection of ambition as well as cash, and the board will be in no doubt that winning one Premier League just isn’t enough if the club is to reach the level of prestige that they desire.
So, if you want to become the biggest football club in the world you have to beat the other big clubs, especially if one of them happens to be not only your closest neighbours, but also Manchester United.
City have already proved that they can win on the day, beating their traditional rivals in three of the past five league meetings and losing just one.
There is a feeling, however, that the integral problem with City’s challenge is that they are basing their goals on being better than United, rather than just focusing on themselves. But I don’t buy into that theory—if City want to be the best, they have to beat the best, and despite the rumblings of some, United are currently that.
Naturally, the result of the meeting at the Etihad in September could have some weight, but this game is close enough to the end of the season that both sides will be focused on the day, and depending on how Chelsea are doing, this game could potentially decide the title.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Manchester City