The only difference between Manchester City and Manchester United this season is the number of goals both teams have scored.
Both clubs have played six Premier League matches, won five times and drawn once. They’ve both conceded just two times.
Yet Man City lead on goal difference after they took their tally to 21 goals with a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho won’t be overly concerned, though. Any win at Southampton is a good one, even if it is by a 1-0 scoreline.
Chelsea will have something to say to those who believe it’s going to be a two-horse race for the 2017-18 title between the Manchester clubs, and they have every right to.
But the Blues will do very, very well to keep up with City and United throughout the season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been unstoppable in recent weeks, their electrifying attack providing impossible too much for everyone else.
In their past five matches in all competitions, the Citizens have scored 22 goals. That’s insane.
Yet Guardiola is always identifying areas for improvement and he doesn’t limit that just to his players or coaching staff.
Guardiola spoke to the ball boy
The 46-year-old caught plenty of attention when he was caught speaking to a ball boy during the first half of yesterday’s win at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite their win, City were sluggish at times in the first half. They were slow to move the ball and had to wait until the 44th minute to open the scoring.
Palace also contributed to Guardiola’s frustration by taking an age to take set-pieces and goal-kicks.
What Guardiola said to the ball boy
And, according to the Telegraph, Guardiola responded by telling the ball boy to get the ball back into play more quickly.
It’s not quite as interesting as fans hoped it would be but it’s entirely understandable.
City were relentless in the second half
Guardiola’s anger simmered when Leroy Sane scored seconds before half-time, paving the way for a second-half onslaught.
A brace from Raheem Sterling and late goals from Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph put the icing on top of the cake.
City have made an excellent start to the season but Guardiola was quick to remind everyone about what happened last campaign, when the club won their opening six league matches before tailing off and finishing in third place.
“We started last season quite well too,” he said, per The Guardian, “but it was not good enough in the end.
“We were not able to fight until the end in either the Premier League or the Champions League.”
City have enough depth in the squad this season to ensure that doesn’t happen again.