English Premier League: Manchester City or Manchester United?

Published: February 22, 2013

Where Manchester United has RVP, Manchester City has Zabaleta. PHOTO: REUTERS

I’m sure all the avid lovers of the English Premier League (especially Manchester United) think that they have already won the crown of the English Premier league for 2012-2013.

However, there are still 12 matches to be played by 18 teams and anything can happen. Manchester United seems to be in a very strong position; 12 points above the second place team (Manchester City), and 16 points over third place (Chelsea).

Sir Alex Ferguson’s team has the best lead since the 2000-2001 season and their next five matches are against Queens Park Rangers (QPR), Norwich City, West Ham, Reading and Sunderland. They look assured about getting their 20th English crown by beating these second-half teams, but I’d still say it isn’t over yet.

It’s been a two way race since the very beginning with both the Manchester rivals going head to head. They have the best players in their squads and the ability and skill required to win.

If you remember what happened the last time, you will know that Manchester City gained eight points in their last six matches to win the English crown and beat Manchester United on goal difference. The only positive Manchester City can gain from this season, and their recent history, is that there are still 36 points to be played for and they can count themselves in for those. However, they lack the strike power which United is carrying this season.

Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have 37 goals between them this season as compared to 28 goals between Edin Dzeko, Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tevez.

United have a much more settled defence as compared to their City rivals. This defence has provided them with perfect boost they need and this is especially true after their goalkeeper David De Gea performed against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

However, Manchester City has the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Agüero and Vincent Kompany – major game-changers who have the ability to manipulate the result of any game in mere minutes!

If you have seen this season and the performance of Pablo Zabaleta in the last few matches, you can compare him to the best in the business.

The best chance Manchester City has to climb back is by performing well in the Champions League. There will be a hectic schedule ahead for Manchester United, if they beat Real Madrid in the second leg. It is becoming harder, however, for the United players to travel and play twice or even thrice each week.

In my opinion, it all comes down to the wire as it did in the last season.

The crowning glory now all depends on Persie, Rooney, Evra from United, and Zabaleta, Kompany and David Silva from City- they may just be six men, but they get to decide the fate of their respective teams!

Manchester City’s manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that the race for the Premier League title is not over yet.

Let’s see whether his statement has any truth to it.

May the best team win!

Mateen Khalid

Mateen Khalid

An MBA in finance from KASBIT in 2008 who works with a US firm as a remote employee.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • StretfordPakistani

    Its over bro. By a mile. United have won this.

    Champions league is now the focus. Recommend

  • Morons

    The City climb last season was impulsive and they have lost it all along this season. No Champions league, couldn’t even qualify for Europa after CL exit, no Capital one cup, no chance in the Premier league and a bleak chance in FA. City is no match with United this season. :)Recommend

  • Jain

    gutted being a City fan as it’s all over now.
    We’ll come back next season!!!Recommend

  • Dean

    I’m a united fan and one thing I have learned over the years is to totally respect and never under estimate your opponents . I think ferguson has learned that as wellRecommend

  • Babar

    “and Zabaleta, Kompany and David Silva from City- they may just be six men,”

    wasn’t Yahya Toure their main architect of last year? Frankly i dont care who wins as my team is going through a difficult trophy drought but I think he would be the one playing an important role in the midfield if city has to come from behind and lift it again.. also Mancini should leave behind his personal grudge, if he has any, against Tevez and play him more frequently. Recommend

  • http://www.nishatmills.com Haroon

    United’s defence came alive just a few matches back, before that, we struggled in defence big time and still managed to Win the matches because of the strike force we have, where as City’s defence has been good all along the season, so all the credit goes to United for holding on to the defence and wining matches.

    The title race is almost over, there is no chance that city can win all the matches against the big 3 :), and even if they do, Utd needs to lose at least 3 of their matches against the big ones, then city can dream about the title, otherwise for me, it’s a chance gone missing already.!

    And yes apart from Rooney, persie and Evra, I believe the whole team’s effort will lead UTD to the title, don’t forget the Midfield bro, Cleverly and Carrick have been on their toes, and Jones kept Bale and Ronaldo quiet in the big matches, so all the players have to be at their best to make sure 20th is in the bag!

    UP UNITED!!!!!Recommend

  • Saad

    “The best chance Manchester City has to climb back is by performing well in the Champions League.”

    They’re out of Champions League. That happened way back in December, sports ‘fan’!Recommend

  • yousuf kiranda

    its now time for mr sir
    alex ferguson,to pitchup to his best limit, , he ‘s gona win, and nothing
    can stop him on planet earth ,, only death can, but besides that nothing.

    watch my torgue 3-1,1-2 , cup tittles and that ‘s final ,

    manchester united,’s the best term .Recommend

  • Anam

    ARSENAL FTW
    Haha, but if I had to choose between ManCity and ManU, I would most definitely choose City! ManU and their fans are wayyy to overrated. Also, I’ll never forgive RVP </3 Recommend

  • Umar

    Please stick to cricket or any other sport because really have no clue what you’re talking about. First of all Manchester City is out of the Champions Leagueue. Secondly, Evra is not one of the main men at United. He’s a crap left back.
    And to top all of that you’re giving Pablo Zabaleta alot of importance instead of the whole squad. Manchester City is known for the big egos in their squad and Pablo Zabaleta is probably the more average player out of all of them.
    You know nothing about football. Why are you even trying to write a blog about football? Recommend

  • SAM@Shabir

    Oh God….why you guys waste your time and energy on these english teams who mostly are “Ghar kay Shair” Come guys….Open your eyes…Barca is the real thing. Real madrid is the second best. Combine all best players from Manu and Man city and play it with Barca. For sure Barca would be the winner.Recommend

  • http://www.nishatmills.com Haroon

    @SAM ::: barca Just lost to Real Madrid in Copa Del, they are equal but by no means is Barca Better than Real Madrid, and you are talking about Spanish league bro? EPL is far more competitive then La Liga, you can see teams at the lower bottom beating the top flights at times which is surprising and good to watch, where as in La liga, there are always 2 teams for the title, Real and Barca no other real threat apart from that.!

    U cant compare apples to Oranges bro!Recommend