Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has pin-pointed Manchester United and the ‘Harry Kane team’ as his main rivals for the Premier League title this season.
The two Manchester clubs have set an early benchmark for this season, claiming 19 points after seven games and conceding just two goals, with Guardiola’s men top on goal difference.
Tottenham Hotspur lie five points behind Man United and Man City following a mixture of sublime performances away from home and failing to win their first three Premier League games at Wembley.
And Guardiola was quick to namecheck both United and Spurs as his two closest rivals for the Premier League crown this season.
“It’s in September, so Chelsea won 15 games in a row last season, were unbeatable and won the league, not easy, but they won it in advance,” he said.
“Of course this season has a little more problems because they [Chelsea] play every three days, that’s always more complicated for all the teams.
“But we also have United, we saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.”
“Jose, with United, always will be tough because now you see United is a Jose Mourinho team. I see them win duels, they are so quick on the counter attack, they have already convinced they can do it in that way. It will be so tough but it is important in the process to show we can do that.
“So we’ll go to Old Trafford, White Hart Lane, the Emirates – it doesn’t matter, we are going to try. After that, the opponents are good too, but we are going to try.”
You can see that Guardiola sees United as more of a threat than Spurs this season. After all, Mauricio Pochettino’s side, while effervescent at home last season, don’t look like the same outfit at Wembley this time around, while United are encountering the reverse: stagnant at home last year but now ruthless.
City are favourites as things stand. They have smacked Liverpool 5-0 at home and won away at the Champions last weekend with a superb performance, while United haven’t come up against anybody of note so far.
The clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men on October 14 will define whether Mourinho’s men, at this moment in time, are ready to match City every step of the way.