Style AND Winning Ugly Will Reap The Rewards

So as we stand it is a Manchester lockout at the top of the Premier League. After a week joint top with exactly the same records (wins, draws, losses, goals for, goals against), City are now officially leading on goal difference after a 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Both sides have been free scoring in excellent starts to the season, the blue half with 21 goals, the red half 17. Goals will go a long way in their attempts to secure the top flight title and the thrashings dished out have been performances of high quality.


However in my honest opinion the most important performances for both teams so far have come on the south coast, where they were very fortunate to come away with three points. Manchester City scored a come from behind 97th minute winner against Bournemouth in August, a Sterling scuff, but they all count in a match where they rode their luck on occasion, but kept on going right until the end and got rewarded. United in their latest match somehow managed to secure a 0-1 away victory over Southampton. An assured first half performance was compeletely turned around by their hosts as Southampton banged and banged and banged, pretty forcibly, on the door to get a more than deserved goal, but the Red Devils backline (which was really a back 10 come stoppage time) held out heroically and fortunately at times to secure a crucial three points


Yes goal difference could be the key deciding factor, like it was in 2011-12, the last time both Manchester clubs were vying hammer and tongs for the title. But for me those back to the wall performances, where for whatever reason, they cannot turn on the style and dominate their opponents but turn 0 or 1 point into 3 are going to be huge in what may well turn out to be a Manchester head to head for the Premier League title.

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