Goal difference is all that splits the two Manchester clubs as we enter the second international break of the season with City holding a slender advantage.
With a four-match run until the next international break, we look at the two rivals’ next set of fixtures to see if more than a single goal will separate them before they earn a weekend off in November.
Pep Guardiola's side's four opponents have an average difficulty rating of 2.5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest rating for difficulty.
Three of City’s matches are at home and only one is against a team who finished in the top nine last season, Arsenal.
Man City’s next four fixtures
|14 October||STK (H)||2|
|21 October||BUR (H)||2|
|28 October||WBA (A)||2|
|5 November||ARS (H)||4|
By contrast, in the same period Man Utd must face three of last season’s top four and have only one match at Old Trafford, against a Tottenham Hotspur team who have a perfect away record in the top flight this term.
Man Utd’s next four fixtures
|14 October||LIV (A)||4|
|21 October||HUD (A)||2|
|28 October||TOT (H)||4|
|5 November||CHE (A)||5|
After such a run, if United are still level on points at the top of the table with City, it will surely be Mourinho who will be the more satisfied of the two managers.