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Daily Debate: Manchester's top club

In today's Daily Debate two of TEAMtalk's writers discuss who will finish as Manchester's top club in this season's title race: City or United.

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Man United & Man City: Who will finish as top dogs?

Man United & Man City: Who will finish as top dogs?

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Manchester's highest finishers - City or United?

Both clubs feature in the Premier League on Sunday, but with Manchester United sitting in a disappointing fifth place so far, and City sitting in an even more surprising eighth, Matt Stead and James Dixon have their say on who will trump who come next May...

Matt Stead (@MattStead91) for Manchester City

They might be three places behind at the time of writing, but it's surely only a matter of time before the blue flag flies high in the city of Manchester once more.

Away struggles and individual mistakes have started to define their season, but a quick glance at City's performances in front of their Etihad faithful indicates that, soon enough, they will translate some incredible home form to their travels.

Not many sides can boast 31 goals for and just seven against in eight home games in all competitions so far this season, after all.

The ease with which messrs Aguero, Negredo, Toure et al. can sweep aside their opponents on home turf has been breathtaking and frustrating in the same measure, what with the troubles on their travels.

But once a manager completely new to the league in Pellegrini truly settles in - and his impressive past record hints that he will - City will begin their ascent up the table and their renewed assault on the title, with arch-rivals United firmly in the firing line.

Hark back to September when the two sides last met. City dealt their neighbours a ruthless footballing lesson, albeit on their home turf. United looked completely out-of-sorts however, and though they've undergone a minor recovery, City remain the strongest of the two.

Beating league leaders Arsenal obviously sticks out as a great result, but their previous three league opponents in Sunderland, Stoke and Fulham provided the perfect launching pad for that win. Confidence was flowing, but when that next loss inevitably crops up for David Moyes' men, doubts may start creeping back in.

To put the debate in the simplest of terms: would you rather have Yaya Toure leading the battle in midfield, or Tom Cleverley? Red cannot match blue for sheer strength in depth in this instance, and this is where Manchester's bragging rights will be decided - almost certainly in favour of the latter.

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James Dixon (@JDixon_88) for Manchester United

With just a point currently separating the two Manchester rivals I believe United will ultimately have the edge when the final day of the season comes around.

One of the main advantages that United have over City is their experience. Manuel Pellegrini has assembled a quality side over the summer but a huge proportion of the additions are lacking Premier League experience, and that is something David Moyes' squad have in abundance.

City have spent a huge figure to bring together an array of attacking talent from across the continent, but the defence looks a major weak point, especially without Vincent Kompany and the on-going selection headache that Pellegrini has in picking his best goalkeeper. United however, look relatively settled.

As well as a lack of stability I would also make the case for David Moyes being better equipped to deal with the arduous Premier League season.

Pellegrini was brought in to address the poor showing in the Champions League over the past few seasons and with that experience he has also brought a cavalier approach to defending. Moyes is an expert in grinding out results, previously with a very organised Everton side, and that's what is most apparent about his last five league games - in which his side are unbeaten.

Having observed Manchester United over the years you always feel that they save their best for the second-half of the season. The core of the side that won last season's title remains the same and with United's failings in the summer transfer window, January will bring an opportunity to set things right.

On Sunday United face a tough trip to a Cardiff side who exposed City's weaknesses earlier in the season, but Moyes' men possess the fighting spirit that comes with winning multiple Premier League titles, and it is this attribute that will ultimately be the difference between the two clubs.

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