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Derbies: Manchester United to overcome City

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Its been all change in both the Manchester managerial hot-seats, and while City fans are used to it, many United fans will have never known anybody else other than Sir Alex Ferguson patrolling the touchline with his incessant chewing of gum.

Ferguson's retirement will come as a hammer blow; he has consistently kept the Red Devils as one of the top teams in the country, but out of the ashes comes David Moyes, in many ways a ready made successor.

Moyes may have had a somewhat difficult start to his Old Trafford tenure but there's no point looking too much into that. There are still 35 games left and United still have one of the strongest squads in the league.

People may criticise the lack of signings but remember this is the side that strolled to the title so comfortably last year, nobody has gone bar the ageing Paul Scholes, and Marouane Fellaini enhances it.

City have a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini but there was nothing new about their transfer policy; it was another summer of big name and expensive signings.

Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis are the men that have come through the door this time.

However, the Citizens still lack something that was missing last year as well.

Width, there isn't enough width. Navas solves that to an extent and he has a great cross on him but he alone isn't enough.

On top of that, Pellegrini played him on the left against Cardiff which completely nullifies his crossing abilities.

Whereas Moyes hasn't rocked the boat with a successful side, Pellegrini hasn't shook things up enough in a team that wants to be challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.

United just seem to have more scope to adapt with a more well-balanced squad.

Another crippling weakness last year at the Etihad other than struggling to break teams down was the tendency to make mistakes at the back and concede soft goals.

Without their lynchpin Vincent Kompany who seems to pick up a few injuries, there are a lack of real defensive leaders.

To an extent, Demichelis solves that conundrum but he has managed to get himself injured without playing a game.

The gap between the two sides is likely to close this season but I cant see either winning the title.

Pellegrini will be so intent on having a good run in Europe and they may well finally get the hang of it this year but it could have a negative knock-on effect in domestic performances. 

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