City and United are dominating in the Premier League said Edwin van der Sar


Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar believes the City of Manchester is taking the Premier League by storm. In the league currently, Manchester City sit at the top with 16 points and a +19 goal difference with United sitting in second place with the same amount of points, a lower goal difference of +15. Both teams have done well in the matches played in the league this season, United beating West Ham United, Swansea City and Everton with 4-0 scorelines and City beating Liverpool and Crystal Palace with 5-0 scorelines, Watford falling to a 6-0 defeat. The goals seem to be with both clubs this season, which could suggest the Premier League title could be heading back to Manchester after a three-season gap with Chelsea winning twice and Leicester City in between.

Van der Sar, now 46, is the chief executive at Ajax, the team United beat in the UEFA Europa League final in May, also a team he had played for during his career before heading to Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United before ending his career at VV Noordwijk. The legendary goalkeeper has been keeping a keen eye o the English top flight this season. The Dutchman has been impressed by United, his former club, especially for the fact they seem to have turned a corner after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but it is City and Pep Guardiola who the former player reserved special praise for. The Sun reported Van der Sar as saying:

“City and United have both taken the lead in the Premier League, they are dominating.

“Because of my past, I am always looking at what is going on in football in Manchester and, obviously, I have more to do with the Reds than the Blues.

“But I recently saw what Pep’s team is capable of at European level, when he played in the Netherlands.

“They have both made enormous investments again and that makes the difference.

“With one club, the investments are being done on a commercial basis, the other club have had a bit of help in different ways.”

City and United are both level having 16 points at the top of the league, as previously mentioned, but it is the goalscoring dominance of City which has the bitter blues as the favourites to win the league at this moment in time. Before both teams played on Saturday, there was no difference between City and United, with the former sitting at the top of the league, alphabetical order sending City to the top. United 1-0 victory over Southampton kept them in line with City, but Guardiola’s sides 5-0 humiliation over Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace was enough to send his side clear at the top with four goals separating the two sides.

There are still 33 matches to be played in the Premier League this season, so it is a bit early to judge who is going to win the league, but based on the early starts, both City and United look set to challenge, if not win the league, either team could do it right now. The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have not had the best of starts, which could suggest that both City and United could pull away from last seasons to six rivals, but Chelsea, sitting in third place after their own big win this weekend could still become part of the challenge with Antonio Conte’s side looking to retain the title they won in May.

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