Manchester derby has potential to determine league title
This summer’s record-breaking transfer window has shown just how far the Premier League has developed since it started off life back in 1992.
Big-money deals for the likes of Paul Pogba, John Stones and Leroy Sane has seen Premier League clubs push spending past the £1bn mark for the first time and the global interest surrounding this campaign has been kicked into overdrive.
With the league returning to action for the first time since the transfer window closed, the excitement levels have reached a new high and finally the Premier League has an answer to La Liga’s footballing dominance.
Saturday sees two of the Premier League’s powerhouses go head-to-head for the first time this season in what is anticipated to be one of the most tantalising encounters in the history of the derby.
Before a ball is even kicked, the clash between the two neighbours is expected to be the most expensive match-up in the history of the game with the two sides set to be worth more than £670m in combined transfer fees.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho to their respective clubs means that one of the biggest rivalries in football will be resumed.
Since their days together working at Barcelona the two managers have been in conflict and now bring their duel to the Premier League with the clash on Saturday the first time since 2012.
Mourinho has been brought in to put a stop to United’s troublesome run since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement but United remain top of English football, boasting the most Twitter followers in the Premier League, leaving Guardiola with a long way to go to ensure City are the No.1 team in Manchester.
Saturday’s clash will be the ideal opportunity for either manager to draw first blood in what is expected to be an incredibly tight race to the title.
Guardiola and Mourinho are known for their legendary battles of the mind and victory for City or United could prove to be a massive psychological boost with these two clubs expected to be the leading contenders for the Premier League trophy.
With so many huge battles set to take place on and off the pitch, it’s unlikely that a derby has ever had so much riding on it so early in the season.