2018/2019 Premier League Title Race; Assessing the Manchester Clubs.


The Rivalry between Manchester United and Manchester City will always be epic and eternal.

Manchester United play at Old Trafford while Manchester  City play at the City of Manchester Stadium, the two grounds separated by approximately 4 miles (6.4 km)

Both clubs have produced great players and great moments over the years that have redefined the Premier League..

The case of Manchester City and Manchester united is a case of a new  powerhouse and a old powerhouse.

Manchester United being the Old powerhouse last winning the Premier League in 2013 while Manchester City are the new powerhouse winning the 2017/2018 Premier League title.

Looking ahead to the 2018/2019 Premier League Season, without an iota of doubt, both Manchester Clubs will play a big role in how the Season will be shaped.

Footytool’s ADEKANYE OPEOLUWA SAMUEL assesses both Manchester Clubs ahead of the 2018/2019 Premier League Season.


For Manchester  United, the story is about bringing back the Old Glory. That is the essentiality of hiring a manager of Jose Mourinho’s repute.

The power brokers at the Red Side of Manchester want to win the Premier League once more and seeing their eternal rivals Manchester City winning the League last Season was more salt to injury.

With Jose Mourinho now in his third Season at Manchester United, expectations are as high as ever despite a not too Friendly Transfer window were Manchester United have missed out on most of their preferred targets.

The Transfer Window has seen Jose Mourinho cry and whine  but many believe its the usual Jose Mourinho rhetorics.

Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United have a squad to be jealous of.

Players like Alexis Sanchez, new number 10 Marcus Rashford, the Premier League experienced Romelu Lukaku, the want away Anthony Martial, Serial Premier League goalkeeper of the year award winner David De Gea, World Cup winner Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and many others, what does Jose Mourinho want?

In truth, Manchester United are short at the back and this has seen Jose Mourinho’s side target Yerry Mina, Maguire, Jerome Boateng and Toby from Spurs.

Manchester United look the part for the 2018/2019 Season and should Mourinho lay his hand on any big Transfer target before the Transfer window closes, the sky will be the starting point for an already star studded Manchester United.

Manager- Jose Mourinho

Transfer ins- Diego Dalot from FC Porto, Lee grant from Stoke City and Fred from Shaktar Donetsk.

Transfer out- Danny Blind to Ajax


Michael Carrick- Retired



Pre- Season form; Bayern Munich 1 Manchester United 0

Manchester United 2 Real Madrid 1

Liverpool 4 Manchester United 1

Milan 1 Manchester United 1

Manchester United 0 San Jose Earthquakes 0

Manchester United 1 Club America 1



The Citizens are bookmakers heavy Favourites to retain the Premier League they won in convincing Fashion in the 2017/2018 Season.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City look in good shape to retain their crown.

Look no past how they dismantled Chelsea in the Community shield on Sunday in a straightforward 2-0 win.

For Manchester City, there appears to be no weaknesses in any area, from defence to Midfield to attack.

Kun Sergio Aguero looks set to lead the citizens once more and he only became the first player to score 200 goals for Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus has proven to be a good deputy and at times during the previous Season, the Brazilian proved to be a worthy starter ahead of Aguero and scoring loads of goals.

Leroy Sane, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling are the rich attacking options for Pep Guardiola and not forgetting record signing Riyad Mahrez.

Manchester City look like a side that can better their performances of the previous Season when they literally strolled to the League title.

The winning mentality of Pep Guardiola from his days at Barcelona and Bayern Munich will be a major backing factor as well as financial will and muscle will ensure that Manchester City will be a major force in the 2018/2019 Season.

While the Champions League may be the main focus for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, it is audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that Manchester City are a step above the others.

The Premier League will forever remain competitive however, and seeing that it has been difficult for any club to retain the title in recent years, Guardiola will have a lot to do in terms of keeping his players hunger and desires fresh.

Manager- Pep Guardiola.

Transfer ins- Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City

Sandler from  Zwolle

Transfer out-

Yaya Toure, Maffeo, Davenport, Gunn, Villar

Pre- Season form-

Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

Borussia Dortmund 1 Manchester City 0

Bayern Munich 2 Manchester City 3

Manchester City 1 Liverpool 2


When is the Manchester Derby?

10th November 2018

2018/2019 Premier League opening fixtures and important dates to note.

Manchester United Open their Premier League Campaign against Leicester City on Friday while Manchester City face Arsenal away from home in their Premier League Opener.


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