United's Herrera: Heat on for big-spending City to win trophies

Ruben Hill
September 24, 2017

While United have been going ahead all guns blazing, their cross-town rivals Manchester City too haven't been far behind. "I'm happy to tell you my injury is nothing serious and I hope to be back soon on the pitch!"

Leroy Sane's magical playmaking lifted rampant Manchester City to a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, whose futility made history at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Aguero has been in sublime form in recent weeks, leading the City line with aplomb as they declare their title intent.

Stoke City have suffered 13 Premier League defeats against Chelsea in the Premier League; more than they have against any other opponent.

For a soccer aesthetic like Guardiola, the goal was a thing of beauty - maybe a sign that his ideas are bedded in at the start of his second season in charge.

Hughes, though, feels the competition is still a worthwhile one to those teams outside of the very biggest Premier League teamse.

Ander Herrera says Manchester City's summer spending makes them Premier League favourites, with Pep Guardiola's trophyless first season meaning they now have a greater obligation to win titles than Manchester United. That doesn't sound like an especially impressive number, but it does start to get better when you consider there were only 16 teams in the division, meaning 30 matches, and only two points were awarded for a win. We won three last season so they have more obligation than us. "We won three titles last season, the only English team to do it", he added.

"I think (Mourinho) is just talking in terms of their ambitions", Hughes said.

"We need him and of course it's not easy for the players who didn't play in the last games", he said.

The Blues have also committed a league-high 68 fouls in the Premier League after five matchdays of 2017-18.

Aguero sits well behind Shearer overall, with Premier League 127 goals to his name and six hat-tricks, but Shearer believes the 29-year-old can close in on his record this season. "It's still early and they haven't played the better teams yet".

Antonio Conte's champions have dropped points twice this season already, crashing to an shock 3-2 opening day loss at home to Burnley before last week's draw with Arsenal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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