Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs.
Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League, has revealed that the blue half DO now have the edge.
Juan Mata has rather surprisingly split opinion since his January transfer to Manchester United for what was then a club record £37.1million and this week former Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, has labelled Manchester City's David Silva 'two or three levels above' Mata.
The Premier League is lauded by its proponents as the best league in the world. While many do not believe the World Cup is the best competition this sport has to offer (the UEFA Champions League is arguably a higher quality), it is a high-level indicator as to a league's strength. What we have seen from the World Cup is that the Premier League simply isn't measuring up to the hype.
Liverpool took control of the Premier League title race with a thrilling 3-2 win over third-placed Manchester City at Anfield today.
In an emotional day at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers side once put pressure on the opposition early and the game was just six minutes old when Luis Suárez outmuscled Gaël Clichy and released Raheem Sterling, who passed the ball into an empty net after selling Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart and delightful dummy
City were wobbling and looked done for in the 26th minute when Martin krtel headed home from a Steven Gerrard's corner in front of the Kop.
Twelve days ago, Chelsea travelled to City with a focus, determination, organisation and played City off the pitch as to a man, they were all outstanding. Last night in the FA Cup I'm afraid I couldn't say the same.
To a man, City were better in this game and if anything Chelsea looked leggy.
Liverpool and Manchester City go again in Premier League play on Monday when the Reds travel to the Etihad to battle the Sky Blues. The two outfits played to a 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium over the summer with the Reds winning on penalty kicks, but now spectators will see the two sides take each other on in a competitive match.
After last weekends disastrous performance at Wembley against Arsenal, more than a few pundits were expecting Manchester City to come unstuck again today as they made the always difficult trek to Newcastle.
And they left St. James Park with all three points after David Silva gave the defending champions the lead in the 38th-minute when he made the most of Edin Dzeko's intelligent back-heel.
New Five-Year Deal For Man City Superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City playmaker David Silva has signed a five-year extension on his deal, the club have confirmed on their official website. This will keep him at the Etihad till 2019 at least. He becomes the third player after Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov to sign extensions on their contracts ahead of the new season.
Premier League champions Manchester City have revealed its 28-man squad for the 2014 International Champions Cup, where the English side will play at least 3 matches across the United States this summer.
Among the stars featured that will feature in the second-annual tournament are Yaya Toure David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart, as well as new signings Fernando and Willy Caballero.
Credit Liverpool for the fantastic run of form they are currently in, sitting top of the Premier League with the destiny of the title in their own hands. In two weeks time however, that will all change because they know, you know and the rest of the world knows that if there is one team that can go to Anfield and beat them in their own backyard, it's Chelsea!
Manchester City have made a quick-fire start at Manchester United, with Edin Dzeko giving them the lead after just 45secs. David Silva almost waltzed through the United defence a few seconds earlier. The ball broke to Nasri, whose shot hit the post, and Dzeko was free at the back post to apply the finish.
This season, it could be strongly argued â€” statistics aside â€” that Samir Nasri has been the most influential attacking player at Manchester City. While some fans and journalists outside the club seems to have missed many of his contributions, many supporters are nervous about his long-term absence.
Man City 6-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Man City sent another deafening message to the rest of the Premier League with a merciless display of attacking prowess at the Etihad, coming out 6-3 winners over leaders Arsenal. Fernandinho grabbed a super brace as City gave another example of their ability to dominate the top sides in Manchester.
Post by Manchester City FC. Manchester City have been training at the Allianz Arena this evening ahead of tomorrow's game against Bayern Munich. Spanish midfielder David Silva took part in the session as he prepares to make his comeback from injury in the game. Post by Manchester City FC. Post by Manchester City FC.
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Manchester City star David Silva could return from injury on Monday, according to Manuel Pellegrini. The Spain international picked up a calf injury during the Champions League game against CSKA Moscow at the start of November. He was expected to be out for four weeks, so he appears to be on course to reach that [.
Lionel Messi could move to the Premier League if he gets "bored" of La Liga, Manchester Cityâ€˜s Alvaro Negredo claims.
Just 26 years-old, Messi has been named the best player in the world four years in a row, is Barcelona's record goalscorer with 327 goals in just 394 games and has already won six Liga titles, two Copa del Reys medals and a hat-trick of UEFA Champions Leagues.
In an interview with French TV channel, Canal+, Juan Mata has spoken about settling in to life at Manchester United.
"I've already had a tour around the city," he said. "The other day I was having dinner with David Silva and he recommended a couple of places to me. I think there are several beautiful places in this city and now I get to discover another city in England.
It may only have been a consolation goal but David Silva's goal against West Ham today was something special as he weaved his magic before dispatching his shot into the left hand corner of the net with a sublime curler.
In which Man City stars Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart, David Silva,Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, James Milner, Matija Nastasic and Paddy Vieira cheerfully nick a small child's football and then proceed to play a gigantic game of keepy-uppies around various bits of New York in a promo viral for the club's imminent New York City FC tie-in MLS venture thing.
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Xavi Hernandez Spain's Greatest Ever Midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
If you where to take a casual stroll past one of the many Plaza's that you could come upon in any one of the Spanish cities, or towns across the length and breadth of the nation. You would no doubt find a group of small children, set upon an impromptu football match in said Local Square.
It's no exaggeration that all of these words are applicable when talking about the Netherlands-Spain game especially because the whole of the Netherlands had virtually written off their chances of even getting out of the group.
Soccer. This wonderful, crazy and inexplicable game turns on moments.
Spain 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Spain coach Vincente Del Bosque has remained loyal to the players who have brought the country so much success over the last 6 years, with Fernando Torres and David Villa both selected in this rather familiar Spanish squad.
It will be an epic tactical showdown between two of the most prominent managers in the world, not to mention how exhilarating it sounds to have a remake of the 2010 World Cup final on day one. The Group B opening clash would witness some quality matchups, with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie on stage.
The World Cup is inching ever nearer, and there are plenty of betting markets for punters to get involved with over the month long tournament. A lot of focus will be on the Golden Ball winner (player of the tournament) with the best players in the world vying to join a list of winners that includes the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele and Bobby Charlton.