Premier League Stock Exchange: Chelsea and Liverpool on rise again but Spurs fall

Tom Biggs 3/09/2018
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Some rise and some fall, that is the nature of Premier League football.

Some sides, however, can rise and fall very quickly, just like Tottenham Hotspur for example, who came off the back of beating Manchester United with a defeat to Watford.

The Sport360 Stock Exchange (360SE) is our season-long measurement for all 20 Premier League teams, as we track each club throughout the campaign and take into account their results to assign positions.

We initially used reputation and squad worth to determine the starting price but after this weekend’s action, we examine the output to create a new value.

The total points gained for the season are used as a tiebreaker but sides that have produced big wins against strong opposition get a big boost and vice versa.

Without further ado, here’s the rankings after GW4.

1. Manchester City: 520 / 523 / +3

Total for 2018/19: +23

Manchester City were made to work hard for their victory against Newcastle United, with two long-range strikes sealing the success, but Pep Guardiola’s side did what they needed to do after the draw with Wolves. Guardiola will demand more, but this was an important win against a very defensive Newcastle side heading into the international break.

2. Liverpool: 495 / 500 / +5

Total for 2018/19: +25

Jurgen Klopp’s side were not at their best in the away win at Leicester City, but the victory means it’s their best-ever Premier League start. Sadio Mane’s excellent early-season form continues, and despite conceding their first goal of the season after Alisson’s horrendous error, Liverpool will be very happy with their start to the campaign.

3. Chelsea: 451 / 456 / +5

Total for 2018/19: +26

Maurizio Sarri’s 100 per cent record in charge of Chelsea moves to four games. Again there were the slight lapses in defensive concentration and Bournemouth were dogged throughout, but Sarri’s style seems to be taking hold of the Chelsea players. Pedro looks rejuvenated, while Eden Hazard is really starting to discover his best club form again.

4. Manchester United: 433 / 440 / +7

Total for 2018/19: -20

After two falls, Manchester United are on the rise again thanks to their win at Burnley, moving back ahead of Spurs. Romelu Lukaku made up for his miss last weekend with a brace, Luke Shaw impressed and Alexis Sanchez looked sharp, but most importantly for Jose Mourinho, it was an excellent team performance.

Manchester United are back on the right path after victory against Burnley

Manchester United are back on the right path after victory against Burnley

5. Tottenham Hotspur: 445 / 438 / -7

Total for 2018/19: +18

After the high of winning at Old Trafford last Monday, Tottenham’s loss at Watford brought them crashing back down to earth. Despite taking the lead, Mauricio Pochettino’s side never looked comfortable against the Hornets and were made to pay, coming undone from two set-pieces. Pochettino’s lack of substitutions, despite Watford’s mounting pressure, was strange – and costly.

6. Arsenal: 426 / 428 / +2

Total for 2018/19: -2

More goals conceded for Unai Emery’s side, but positives going forward, as they picked up only their second away win of 2018. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette linked well in the second half when they moved closer to one another. That said, Petr Cech just doesn’t look comfortable playing the Emery way, while defensively they were extremely suspect once again.

7. Everton: 376 / 373 / -3

Total for 2018/19: +3

Three draws from their opening four games for Everton, but this one at home to Huddersfield will have been the most frustrating. Without Richarlison, they really failed to trouble the Terriers, especially after Theo Walcott’s injury. Work to do for Marco Silva during the international break as he looks to turn these draws into victories.

8. Leicester City: 358 / 358 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +8

Claude Puel will be disappointed not to have been rewarded for his side’s spirited second-half display against a lacklustre Liverpool. The Frenchman will still take positives from the performance however, with James Maddison once again impressing, and Klopp’s side finding it difficult to cope with the pressure from the Foxes throughout the second half.

9. West Ham: 343 / 323 / -20

Total for 2018/19: -47

Things go from bad to worse for Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Defeat to Wolves means they have now lost all four of their opening matches, and unlike the loss to Arsenal, there were very few positives from this one. Disjointed and disorganised, a tough run of fixtures after the international break could spell disaster for the Hammers at this early stage of the season. The -20 is very much a ‘compound interest’ effect of just how poor they have been so far.

10. Wolves: 305 / 313 / +8

Total for 2018/19: +13

Wolves are on the rise thanks to their first three points since returning to the Premier League. The newly-promoted side should have been ahead long before Adama Traore scored an injury-time winner, but a first clean sheet, to go with the three points, will have delighted manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

11. Fulham: 293 / 295 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +5

A point away from home should always been seen as a positive one for a newly-promoted side, but Fulham will be kicking themselves that they didn’t leave the south coast with all three points. At 2-0 up, the Cottagers allowed hosts Brighton to get themselves back in the game and snatch a point. Slavisa Jokanovic must tighten the ship defensively.

12. Watford: 275 / 290 / +15

Total for 2018/19: +40

Four wins from four for the Hornets, who are the biggest risers overall so far this season. Javi Gracia’s side made it tough for Tottenham all afternoon, before showing plenty of character to come back from a goal down to win. The partnership between Andre Gray and Troy Deeney is thriving, while defensively they look resolute and well organised.

Craig Cathcart and Troy Deeney scored the goals to help Watford beat Tottenham

Craig Cathcart and Troy Deeney scored the goals to help Watford beat Tottenham

13. Bournemouth: 290 / 290 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +20

A first defeat of the season for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, but no fall here, as they made life extremely difficult for Chelsea. On another day, the Cherries may have taken one of their chances, but individual brilliance at the other end cost them, as Pedro and Hazard scored late. Howe can be pleased with his side’s efforts so far this season.

14. Crystal Palace: 297 / 290 / -7

Total for 2018/19: 0

No Wilfried Zaha. No points for Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson’s side look lost whenever he’s not in the side, and that was once again the case at home to Southampton. After falling behind, the Eagles pressed and were a tad unfortunate not to find an equaliser, but the Saints were there for the taking, and this was a hugely disappointing result for Palace.

15. Newcastle United: 285 / 285 / 0

Total for 2018/19: -5

Just like at home to Chelsea last week, Newcastle made life difficult for Manchester City. Ultimately undone by two superbly taken long-range strikes, Rafael Benitez won’t be too dispirited with his side’s efforts at the Etihad. Having already played Spurs, Chelsea and the champions, the Spaniard will hope for better fortune after the international break.

16. Burnley: 278 / 273 / -5

Total for 2018/19: -17

Knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday and now three league defeats in a row for Burnley. Sean Dyche’s side lacked the energy and tenacity they showed so often last season in their defeat at home to Manchester United. With no more European distractions, Dyche will hope the Clarets can get back to basics and make themselves tough to beat after the break.

17. Southampton: 263 / 270 / +7

Total for 2018/19: 0

A maiden win of the season for Saints, who earn their first rise of the campaign. Mark Hughes’ side took full advantage of Palace’s lack of proficiency in front of goal to take all three points. Danny Ings continued his positive start to the season with the opener, while Hughes now looks to have settled on a formation he will hope can yield more positive displays.

18. Brighton: 265 / 265 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +15

Before the game, a draw would have been seen as a disappointing result for Brighton at home to Fulham, but at 2-0 down, the Seagulls showed plenty of character to earn themselves a share of the spoils. Home form could be crucial for Chris Hughton’s side this season if they are to remain in the Premier League however, and this is the sort of game they need to be winning.

19. Huddersfield Town: 215 / 218 / +3

Total for 2018/19: -2

A first away point of the season for Huddersfield. David Wagner will be delighted with his side’s performance at Everton, as they made life uncomfortable for Marco Silva’s men. The Terriers fully deserved their share of the spoils, and as a result, see their stock increase slightly heading into the international break, despite no league win so far this season.

20. Cardiff City: 201 / 201 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +1

The goals finally arrived for Neil Warnock’s Cardiff, but up against quality attacking opposition in Arsenal, their defence was severely tested, and ultimately they couldn’t hold out for a third draw of the campaign. More composure at the other end could well have seen them score more, but with Chelsea and Man City up next, shoring up the defence will be imperative.

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Alexandre Lacazette believes his strike partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can provide the goals Arsenal need to be successful.

Lacazette and Aubameyang both scored in Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League win at Cardiff to secure successive victories for new Gunners boss Unai Emery.

It was only the fourth time the pair have linked up together since Aubameyang arrived from Borussia Dortmund in January.

But at least one of them has scored in those four games, contributing seven goals in all.

“It’s nice to play together because we compliment each other’s strengths,” Lacazette said after marking his first start of the season with an 81st-minute winner.

“He (Aubameyang) deserved to score because he has worked so hard since the start of the season.

“The Chelsea game was hard for him because he missed some chances, but it was nice to play well with him.

“The system was good, we worked on it all week. It was different, but good.”

Emery deployed Lacazette through the middle with Aubameyang supporting him from the left, the recalled Mesut Ozil on the right and Aaron Ramsey behind him.

The two strikers combined brilliantly for Aubameyang to arrow Arsenal into a 2-1 lead from 20 yards just after the hour mark.

But Arsenal had to rely on Lacazette’s late thunderbolt for only their second away league win of 2018 – and the first under Emery.

“It’s good for our confidence because this season we want to be better away,” Lacazette said.

“Hopefully it will be like this for the rest of the season.

“It’s important to win away so we can start games with the mindset like we have at home.”

Lacazette, who was signed for £46.5million from Lyon in 2017, had started the three previous games under Emery on the bench.

The lack of first-team opportunities had led to speculation that the 27-year-old France striker might be loaned out before the international window closed last week.

“I don’t know who said this stuff, but I am at one of the best clubs in London and I am happy at Arsenal,” Lacazette said.

“It’s always going to be hard to be in the first XI at a club like this, but I always keep fighting and working.

“I won’t play every week just because of one game.

“Every day I have to work and show the coach I work well and I deserve my place.”

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During Man United's demise, Man City have been on the rise

Matt Jones 3/09/2018
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Champions: City celebrate winning the title last term.

Manchester City haven’t always been Manchester United’s biggest rivals. Even now, in the face of a complete switch in dynamic, Liverpool are and will always remain the majority of Red Devils fans’ most hated rivals.

But there is no doubt who the bigger threat currently are, their noisy neighbours.

Ten years ago, when the Abu Dhabi United Group turned their attention to England in the search for a sleeping giant to invest in, nobody could quite foresee what a sheer force they would transform City into.

From a slumbering beast, City have morphed into a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut in the last decade.

Consequently, while they have been on the rise, there has been a steady demise across town in the red half of Manchester – one that has continued to see the club plummet since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson five seasons ago.

As it stands, United remain the most successful club in English football history, but while it will take many more titles for City to eclipse them, the Red Devils are certainly in the shade of Pep Gaurdiola and Co right now.

Here, we take a look back at the rise of City and fall of United in the 10 years since the money from Abu Dhabi awoke a sleeping giant.

2008/09 

MAN CITY

Manager: Mark Hughes

Significant Ins: Robinho (Real Madrid €43m), Jo (CSKA Moscow €24m), Nigel de Jong (Hamburg €18m), Craig Bellamy (West Ham €15.5m), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea €13m), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea €11.25m), Shay Given (Newcastle €9m), Pablo Zabaleta (Espanyol €8.70m), Vincent Kompany (Hamburg €8.5m)

Significant Outs: Vedran Corluka (Spurs €13.75m), Andreas Isaksson (PSV €2.8m), Georgios Samaras (Celtic €2.5m)

Final position: 10th

MAN UNITED

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Significant Ins: Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham €38m), Zoran Tosic (Partizan Belgrade €7m)

Significant Outs: Gerard Pique (Barcelona €5m), Chris Eagles (Burnley €1.5m), Mikael Silvestre (Arsenal €950K)

Final position: Champions

Head to head: Premier League: City 0 United 1, United 2 City 0

Manchester United players celebrate after winning the English Premier League after clinching the title with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal in the English Premier League football match at Old Trafford, Manchester, north-west England, on May 16, 2009.The club's third title in a row equals Liverpool's record of 18 League championships. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Red Devils were triumphant again in 2009.

2009/10 

CITY

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Significant Ins: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal €29m), Carlos Tevez (West Ham €29m), Joleon Lescott (Everton€27.5m), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn €21.2m), Kolo Toure (Arsenal€18.7m), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa €13.9m), Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough €8m)

Significant Outs: Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea €7.25m) Elano (Galatasaray €7m), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa €6.8m), Kasper Schmeichel (Notts County€1.75m)

Final position: 5th

UNITED

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Significant Ins: Antonio Valencia (Wigan Athletic €18.9m), Mame Diouf (Molde €4.5m), Gabriel Obertan (Bordeaux €4m)

Significant Outs: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid €94m)

Final position: 2nd

Head to head: Premier League: United 4 City 3, City 0 United 1; League Cup semi-finals: City 2 United 1, United 3 City 1 (United won 4-3 on agg)

Manchester United's English forward Michael Owen (L) scores the fourth goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City at Old Trafford, Manchester, north-west England on September 20, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES. FOR EDITORIAL USE Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Remember that one? Michael Owen nets a dramatic winner for United (4-3).

2010/11

CITY

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Significant Ins: Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg €37m), Yaya Toure Barcelona €30m), Mario Balotelli (Inter Milan €29.5m), David Silva (Valencia 28.75m),

Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio €23.86m), James Milner (Aston Villa €22m), Jerome Boateng (Hamburg €12.50m)

Significant Outs: Robinho (AC Milan €18m), Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa €9.7m), Emmanuel Adebayor (Real Madrid loan fee €4m)

Final position: 3rd

UNITED

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Significant Ins: Bebe (Vitoria Guimaraes €8.8m), Chris Smalling (Fulham €8m), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara €7.5m), Anders Lindegaard (Aalesunds €5m)

Significant Outs: Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow €9.5m), Ben Foster (Birmingham €7m), Federico Macheda (Sampdoria loan fee €465K)

Final position: Champions

Head to head: Premier League: City 0 United 0, United 3 City 1; FA Cup semi-finals: City 1 United 0

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Rio Ferdinand (R) and Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United lift the trophy during the Manchester United Premier League Winners Parade at Old Trafford on May 30, 2011 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Another title success: Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic during the 2011 victory parade.

2011/12

CITY

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Significant Ins: Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid €40m), Samir Nasri (Arsenal €27.5m), Stefan Savic (Partizan Belgrade €12m), Gael Clichy Arsenal €7.75m)

Significant Outs: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich €13.5m), Nedum Onuoha (QPR €4.7m), Shaun Wright-Phillips QPR €4.5m), Shay Given (Aston Villa €3.75m), Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs loan fee €2.25m)

Final position: Champions

UNITED

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Significant Ins: David de Gea (Atletico Madrid €25m), Phil Jones (Blackburn €19.3m), Ashley Young (Aston Villa €18m)

Significant Outs: John O’Shea (Sunderland €4.5m), Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle United €3.4m), Mame Diouf (Hannover €1.8m), Wes Brown (Sunderland €1.5m)

Final position: 2nd

Head to head: Premier League: United 1 City 6, City 1 United 0; FA Cup third round: City 2 United 3

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Scorer of the matchwinning goal Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with the trophy during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Sweet success: A first Premier League victory for the Sky Blues.

2012/13

CITY

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Significant Ins: Javi Garcia (Benfica €20.2m), Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina €15.2m), Jack Rodwell (Everton €15m), Scott Sinclair (€7.8m), Maicon (Inter Milan €3.75m)

Significant Outs: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan €20m), Adam Johnson (Sunderland €12.6m), Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs €6.40m), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan €3.5m)

Final position: 2nd

UNITED

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Significant Ins: Robin van Persie (Arsenal €30.7m), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund €16m), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace €11.75m), Nick Powell (Crewe €7.5m)

Significant Outs: Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham €5m), Ji-sung Park (QPR €3.1m)

Final position: Champions

Head to head: Premier League: United City 2 United 3, United 1 City 2

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sir Alex Ferguson departed on a high, winning the 2013 crown in his final season.

2013/14

CITY

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Significant Ins: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk €40m), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina €26m), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla €25m), Jesus Navas (Sevilla €20m), Martin Demichelis (Atletico Madrid €5m)

Significant Outs: Carlos Tevez (Juventus €9m), Scott Sinclair (West Brom loan fee €2.3m)

Final position: Champions

UNITED

Manager: David Moyes

Significant Ins: Juan Mata (Chelsea €44.73m), Marouane Fellaini (Everton €32.4m)

Significant Outs: Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff loan fee €1.8m), Anderson (Fiorentina loan)

Final position: 7th

Head to head: Premier League: City 4 United 1, United 0 City 3

Manchester City's footballers (Below C) celebrate outside Manchester Town Hall as they prepare to take part in a victory parade on an open-topped bus through the streets of Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2014, after becoming the English Premier League champions. Manchester City beat West Ham 2-0 on Sunday to finish two points clear of second-placed Liverpool. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

City stars are greeted by fans outside Manchester Town Hall.

2014/15

CITY

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Significant Ins: Wilfried Bony (Swansea €32.3m), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto €30.5m), Fernando (Porto €15m), Willy Caballero (Malaga €8m)

Significant Outs: Javi Garcia (Zenit €16.80m), Jack Rodwell (Sunderland €12.6m), Micah Richards (Fiorentina loan fee €1m)

Final position: 2nd

UNITED

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Significant Ins: Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid €75m), Luke Shaw (Southampton €37.5m), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao €36m), Marcos Rojo (Sporting €20m), Daley Blind (Ajax €17.5m) Falcao (Monaco loan fee €7.6m)

Significant Outs: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal €20m), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund €8m), Alexander Buttner (Dinamo Moscow €5.5m), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace €3.83m), Bebe (Benfica €3m)

Final position: 4th

Head to head: Premier League: City 1 United 0, United 4 City 2

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates with Ashley Young as scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on April 12, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

United won the Derby at Old Trafford.

2015/16

CITY

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Significant Ins: Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg €76m), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool €63.7m), Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia €44.6m), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa €11.5m)

Significant Outs: Outs: Alvaro Negredo (Valencia €28m), Rony Lopes (Monaco €12m), Matija Nastasic (Schalke €9.5m)

Final position: 4th

UNITED

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Significant Ins: Anthony Martial (Monaco €60m), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton €35m), Memphis Depay (PSV €34m), Matteo Darmian (Torino €18m), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich €9m)

Significant Outs: Angel Di Maria (PSG €63m), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen €12m), Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion €8.3m), Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce €6.5m), Nani             (Fenerbahce €6m), Rafael (Lyon €3.2m)

Final position: 5th

Head to head: Premier League: United 0 City 0, City 0 United 1

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 20, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Marcus Rashford netted the winner for United at the Etihad Stadium.

2016/17

CITY

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Significant Ins: John Stones (Everton €55.6m), Leroy Sane (Schalke €50.5m), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras €32m), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund €27m), Nolito (Celta Vigo €18m), Claudio Bravo (Barcelona €18m)

Significant Outs: Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan €13.5m), Edin Dzeko (Roma €11m), Wilfried Bony (Stoke City loan fee €2.35m)

Final position: 3rd

UNITED

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Significant Ins: Paul Pogba (Juventus €105m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund €42m), Eric Bailly (Villarreal €38m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG free transfer)

Significant Outs: Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton €22.9m), Memphis Depay (Lyon €16m)

Final position: 6th

Head to head: Premier League: United 1 City 2, City 0 United 0; League Cup fourth round United 1 City 0

FILE PHOTO - (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 592215668 and 596883044) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City. Josep Guardiola brings his Manchester City team to Old Trafford to face Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in their first Manchester derby in the Premier League on September 10, 2016. ***LEFT IMAGE*** MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United celebrates after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City encourages his players during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Locking horns again: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

2017/18

CITY

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Significant Ins: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao €65m), Benjamin Mendy (Monaco €57.5m), Kyle Walker (Spurs €52.7m), Bernardo Silva (Monaco €50m), Ederson (Benfica €40m), Danilo (Real Madrid €30m)

Significant Outs: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester €27.7m), Wilfried Bony (Swansea €13m), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield €9.1m), Nolito (Sevilla €7m), Fernando (Galatasaray €6m), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma €5m)

Final position: Champions

UNITED

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Significant Ins: Romelu Lukaku (Everton €84.7m), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea €44.7m), Victor Lindelof (Benfica €35m), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal swap deal)

Significant Outs: Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad €8.5m), Andreas Pereira (Valencia loan fee €3m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal swap deal)

Final position: 2nd

Head to head: Premier League: United 1 City 2, City 2 United 3

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Paul Pogba inspired United to a thrilling win at the Etihad Stadium last season.

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