The waiting is almost over as another Premiership season gets underway this Saturday. Last Sunday we saw United scorch to a late 3-2 win in the Community Shield and as we head towards another season Alex Ferguson’s side are once again title favourites. Can Roberto Mancini’s City side mount a serious title challenge?
For United, an important message was sent out last Sunday after the Red Devils came back from two goals down to beat their Man City neighbours and title rivals 3-2. Not only did it show the spirit of this current United side but it was apparent the Alex Ferguson will be investing in his youth this season.
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The key retirements of Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have handed opportunities to Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling, new signing Phil Jones and Jonny Evans and these players look hungry with desire and are sure to play a significant role in the forthcoming season.
Of course the main players are still there, in Nani, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, Vidic and Ferdinand and United certainly have a lovely blend of youth and experience as they head into another season as title favourites.
It is clear that over at the Etihad Stadium Roberto Mancini’s Man City side are lacking the eagerness and spirit of youth as we enter this new season, and it remains to be seen whether the side can push on and challenge the top two.
Sheikh Mansour may have invested hundreds of millions into the club but it is apparent that there is a grit and steely determination missing at the club. The signs of indiscipline are already there with Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez clearly not enjoying their time at the club however the quality brought in is unquestionable, and with Wesley Sneidjer another possible summer target the Citizens are clearly a team to reckoned with.
Carlos Tevez will no doubt leave sooner rather than later, either to Brazilian side Corinthians or to Inter Milan in Italy, but if his Argentinian compatriot Sergio Aguero can live up to his hype we could see the rise of another Premiership star.
Tevez does have a phenomenal scoring record for City however, with over 40 goals in just a shade over 60 appearances, and his loss would be a major blow for Roberto Mancini.
Whether Aguero can fill his boots, only time will tell.