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Manchester United v City: Who is better?

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Pin City and United top the Premier League. BeSoccer
City and United top the Premier League. BeSoccer

Manchester United v City: Who is better?

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 3 8,455

Level on points at the top of the Premier League, the two Manchester clubs are clear favourites after a blistering start to the 2017/18 campaign. But which team is statistically better and therefore more likely to win the title?

Pep Guardiola's side are ahead of their United counterparts because they have scored one more goal and, already five points clear of nearest challengers Tottenham, many have tipped the title to end up in Manchester. But which side of the city? Sky Sports compared the statistics by breaking them down by position group.

Both teams are in safe hands with two world-class goalkeepers. Ederson has impressed in his debut season, showcasing an ability for ball distribution that will please the City boss (84 per cent pass accuracy) as well as a good save rate (85 percent). They have both only conceded two goals, but De Gea boasts even smarter shot-stopping (88 per cent save percentage).

City have kept four clean sheets and United have managed six, which is also down to solid defensive displays from both sides. Otamendi and Stones has been City's go-to partnership in central defence, with the latter achieving a 74 per cent tackle success. Mourinho has typically gone with Jones and Bailly, who have been busier than City at the back. The Ivory Coast international has made 93 clearances and 28 interceptions.

The Citizens spent £126 million on full-backs in the summer, and it seems they are already making a return on their investment. Four assists and 13 chances created from this position makes City superior to a more defensive United, with Valencia providing one assist, while concerns remain over their long-term problem at left-back.

Two very distinct approaches in midfield. Fellaini (who has contributed three goals this season), Pogba and Matic tower over their opponents, while De Bruyne and David Silva dictate City's tempo with quick and fluid passing. They have scored fewer goals, but they top the charts for passes completed and passing accuracy.

Both teams have banged in the goals since the start of the season, averaging three goals per game through seven matches. Injured Aguero leads the line for City, boasting a better conversion rate than Lukaku, who is the overall Premier League top scorer, with seven goals from 15 shots on target.

Both Manchester sides have been unstoppable so far, but the season is long and it is far too early for either club to get carried away. United or City, who has impressed you the most so far this season?

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