Great Start for City and United, BUT...

Manchester City and Manchester United are the biggest favourites to win this season's Premier League. However, there is one big BUT ...

Manchester city rivals City and United to many football pundits are the main favourites to win this season's title of the English top flight. But not only in the eyes of footballing experts are two Manchester clubs the biggest favourites, betting organisations such as M88 have made these two main contenders for winning the title. City are the favourites with 2,60 odds, whilst United follow close second with 3,90 odds. The other more obvious reason is that both teams spent this summer huge sums on new signings, but also they hired the best managers in today's modern football, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

City brought in John Stone, Leroy Sane, Gabriela Jesus, Ilkay G√ľndogan and Nolito, and United spent their transfer money on Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Combined together these two clubs spent over 300 million pounds, more accurately City 165, and United 157 million, while the third and fourth club in the list of biggest spenders this summer transfer window, Liverpool and Chelsea, spent "only" sixty million pounds.

The difference is obvious, and it is clear why are City and United favourites for winning the title this season. In addition, both teams started the season with wins, in the first two rounds they both achieved wins and along with Chelsea and Hull they are top of the table.

Only three Premier League titles for the big spenders

So, it seems that everything is going on the mill of Manchester millionaires, or almost everything, because there is one "anomaly" that is not in their favour. It is quite interesting to note that since the start of the Premier League in only three occasions champion became the team that spent most money in the summer transfer window: Manchester United 2002/03. (41.5 million pounds), Chelsea 2004/05. and 2005/06. (140.5 million and 78.5 million pounds).

To put this in a better perspective, we had 24 Premier League seasons played so far, which means that the highest spenders won in only 12.5 percent of cases.

The good news for fans of Manchester United is that in two of these three occasions the manager of the largest spender who won the title was Jose Mourinho. Portuguese manager brought Chelsea two titles in a row after spending Russian's Roman Abramovich millions!
However, these data show that money is often not the deciding factor in football and gives hope to other clubs that they can win it this time around. Just look at Leicester City last season. They spent close to 50 million pounds and were in no way held as title contenders, but they wrote one of the best football stories world has seen so far.

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