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Could Manchester United end up having a better season than Man City?

Could Manchester United end up having a better season than Man City?

City’s quadruple dream is over and Jose Mourinho’s men are now favourites to win the FA Cup.

Manchester City have the Premier League wrapped up. Make no bones about it, the title is theirs.

Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers have taken 89 per cent of the points on offer to them this term and their lead over second-placed United resembles more a chasm than a gap.

Even the City of old would struggle to mess this one up from here.

But that is what they did on Monday night, as they capitulated at the DW Stadiumagainst a Wigan team 46 places below them in the English league pyramid.

It was a reminder that Guardiola and City, for all the quality they’ve shown this season, are not invincible.

Now talk of an improbable quadruple has stopped, it’s time to look at the far more likely prospect that come May the Blues will be celebrating a Premier League and Carabao Cup double.

Of course, such success would normally constitute a superb season – but Guardiola will doubtless struggle to see it that way if Jose Mourinho one-ups him in the trophy stakes for a second successive campaign.

Manchester City have the Premier League wrapped up. Make no bones about it, the title is theirs.

Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers have taken 89 per cent of the points on offer to them this term and their lead over second-placed United resembles more a chasm than a gap.

Even the City of old would struggle to mess this one up from here.

But that is what they did on Monday night, as they capitulated at the DW Stadiumagainst a Wigan team 46 places below them in the English league pyramid.

It was a reminder that Guardiola and City, for all the quality they’ve shown this season, are not invincible.

Now talk of an improbable quadruple has stopped, it’s time to look at the far more likely prospect that come May the Blues will be celebrating a Premier League and Carabao Cup double.

Of course, such success would normally constitute a superb season – but Guardiola will doubtless struggle to see it that way if Jose Mourinho one-ups him in the trophy stakes for a second successive campaign.

United have been dour at times under the Portuguese and clearly have not shown the amount of progression that City have under Guardiola.

But, that being said, they’re still very much in the running to win two trophies of their own.

A favourable FA Cup quarter-final draw at home to Brighton puts the Reds in pole position to reach April’s Wembley semi-finals, while Sevilla, although in resurgent form, represent easier opposition than Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League.

nited are now the team to beat in the Cup following City’s unexpected exit and have strong pedigree in the competition, having won it for a 12th time in 2016.

Only Arsenal, with 13 wins, have enjoyed more success.

Meanwhile, on the continental front the Reds have lost just once in their last 17 fixtures – a sequence of games that includes May’s Europa League win over Ajax in Stockholm.

They haven’t tasted defeat in a European game at Old Trafford since 2013 and in Mourinho, who was the man to mastermind that loss during his spell as Real Madrid boss, United have a manager whose CV boasts two Champions League successes, a Europa League triumph and a UEFA Cup win.

Put simply, Mourinho knows how to get the job done in Europe.

Guardiola is no slouch when it comes to European success.

But if, and that’s a pretty sizeable if, United do manage to complete a Champions League and FA Cup double in May, Mourinho will be able to legitimately claim bragging rights over his old foe for a second successive summer.

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