Updated: Saturday, 21st October 2017 @ 12:35pm

MM's five to watch at Man Utd and Man City as Premier League title race hots up

MM's five to watch at Man Utd and Man City as Premier League title race hots up

| By MM staff

With seven games played, both Manchester clubs are flying high at the top of the Premier League.

Level on points and with Manchester City ahead by just +1 goal difference, it is expected these two giants will battle it out for the title.

Spearheaded by arch rivals Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, this season has the potential to deliver the most thrilling title race in premier League history, with neither manager willing to give an inch in delivering silverware for their clubs.

Many fans are so convinced their club will emerge triumphant they are using betting apps on android to back their team.

We take a look at the five players who could make the difference this season as their clubs hunt for glory.

Vincent Kompany

Now in his 10th season at the Citizens after signing from Hamburg in 2008, the Belgian defender is an inspirational figurehead. Despite long-running injury problems, Kompany remains vital to City’s title prospects.

It was Kompany’s header in a 1-0 win over United that proved crucial to City claiming their first Premier League title in 2011/12, and the club’s fans will be hoping he can make a similarly vital contribution to a successful campaign this year.

David De Gea

A stalwart at the back for United, De Gea’s performances have been a constant positive for the Red Devils during four long years without a Premier League trophy.

With the defence in front of him prone to injury and regularly shuffled by Mourinho, the Spaniard will need to keep up his high standards if he wants to claim a second Premier League trophy.

Fernandinho

While Pep Guardiola has assembled a glittering array of attacking stars who have lit up the league with 22 goals in just seven games, the Brazilian has established himself as a lynchpin in the side.

Offering crucial defensive cover from his holding midfield role, Fernandinho’s ability to support his teammates in defence and attack will be invaluable when his side need to grind out wins and show their mettle.

Romelu Lukaku

Enjoying a fine start to his United career after a £7m move from Everton in July, there is little doubt that the big Belgian must maintain his goal scoring form if the Old Trafford side are to clinch the trophy.

While United possess a plethora of attacking talent in Marcus Rashford, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, they don’t have another out-and-out striker of Lukaku’s pedigree to call upon. With team-mate Paul Pogba sidelined through injury, his contribution might just decide the race.

Sergio Aguero

A talisman and legend after seven trophy-laden years at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero has started the season in blistering form and will look to continue that after recovering from a rib injury picked up in a car accident in the Netherlands.

Having seemed to be on his way out of Manchester following Guardiola’s arrival, the Argentine has reestablished himself as the headline act and will be desperate to fire his club to another trophy.

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