With Manchester United and Manchester City currently separated by just a few points at the top of the Premier League, December is likely to be a crucial time for both teams but who will emerge on top in a month that will see both teams play five league fixtures?
Despite playing with a lack of attacking intensity United have only lost two league matches this season and have to be considered as title contenders, however their credentials are going to be fully examined in the upcoming month with fixtures against West Ham United and Chelsea in store.
Prospering youngster Jesse Lingard has added potency to United’s offensive play in recent weeks, although the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frenchman Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay will have start being consistent on the creative front, if United are to establish themselves as a free scoring table topping team.
City have no serious injury concerns heading in to the festive period, with David Silva, Wilfried Bony and captain Vincent Kompany recently returning to full fitness. Manuel Pellegrini’s team face testing encounters with Stoke City and Swansea City, before travelling to the Emirates on the 21st to meet a stern Arsenal team.
Sergio Agüero was sorely missed throughout parts of last month but has looked clinical and sharp since his return to City’s attack, and the Argentine is likely to play a huge role if City are to prevail as leaders at the end of this hectic period. Vincent Kompany’s belligerent organisation and defensive solidarity could see City transpire as the team to beat within the New Year.
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