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Owen: Manchester derby won’t decide who wins the title

Former England star Michael Owen doesn’t think the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City will decide the outcome of the title race

Although Man City can widen the gap between them and their local rivals Manchester United, the ex-England attacker Owen believes there will be enough time for other teams to catch up. Maybe Jose Mourinho feels differently though, being already 11 points behind Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Citizens have been in stunning form so far this season, as they head into the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday. As of right now, Guardiola’s side remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League

However, based on last year’s happenings, when City squandered their early advantage in the league table as Chelsea came in as champions, Owen doesn’t think it will be all set and done after the game.

“I think City were quite a few points ahead last season and didn’t go on to win it and actually Chelsea went on to win it at an absolute breeze, so definitely nothing is going to be decided so soon,” Owen told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Hublot.

“City at the moment look brilliant. They score a lot of goals and look sterner at the back. Manchester United [have made] a massive step forward from last season as well,” he added.

“I thought last season even though they had a couple of trophies in the bag and qualification for the Champions League, I still watched them thinking there was more in the tank and I think this season they’ve looked a lot better.”

“Obviously, they’ve been strengthened mainly down the spine of the team – [Nemanja] Matic has been a brilliant signing. I think it will be a huge game, but I don’t think it will be a decider so soon in the season,” the former striker concluded.