3 Reasons Manchester United Will Finish Ahead Of Manchester City This Season

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2 – Proven Productivity

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Whilst Pep is investing in plenty of young talent like Leroy Sane and reportedly John Stones, Mourinho has gone the other way and signed proven quality in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Yes Zlatan is old and yes he hasn’t played in the Premier League before, but he scored 38 goals in just 31 Ligue 1 games last season – that’s a remarkable return. Zlatan has played in many leagues and won many titles and like Mourinho, he isn’t the biggest fan of Pep Guardiola. That added rivalry could push United ahead of their city rivals. Whilst United have options in Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan, Manchester City remain heavily reliant on Sergio Aguero, an injury to the Argentinean would see the club struggle for goals. Like Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan is also very productive in the final third. The Armenian international netted 11 and assisted 15 in the Bundesliga last season.

Like Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan is also very productive in the final third. The Armenian international netted 11 and assisted 15 in the Bundesliga last season. You could rightly point out that City already have Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva in attacking midfield and they do, it’s just with Mkhitaryan now at United, City can no longer wipe the floor with United in midfield. If City start with Sane and Sterling on the wings, they’ll be taking a risk as both players are yet to perform consistently for a top club.