For a long time, United have sat relatively comfortably at the top of pedestal of English football. With a few exceptions – some more notable than others – United have dominated the Premier League era.
A large portion of their success must be put down to the longevity and unquenchable appetite for success Sir Alex Ferguson instilled at the club. With so much change in the top clubs this season, United’s position as top dogs of the Premier League is under considerable threat, not least from their 'noisy' neighbours.
When Abu Dhabi United Group bought Manchester City back in 2008, they did so with the intention of tipping the power balance in English football to the blue side of the city. Despite their famous last-gap title win back in 2012, they have failed to usurp United from the pedestal that Ferguson dragged them up to.
A dogged and determined Ferguson was part of the reason why City have thus far failed in their quest to overthrow United. After losing the title on goal difference, he bolstered his attacking options by acquiring one Robin van Persie and subsequently took the title City worked so hard to get with ease before calling time on his illustrious career.
City’s best chance to usurp United undoubtedly lies ahead. While neither new manager has gotten off to an overly-impressive start – both lost one of their first three games – neither have gotten off to a bad one, especially considering both Manchester teams results in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Sunday’s Manchester derby presents City with the best chance they have for quite some time to truly turn the power balance in their favour permanently. A convincing win for City would deal a harsh blow to United, who have already dropped five points from their opening five games. On the flip side, a win for United could take the champions back to the summit, depending on other results.
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