The first month of the Premier League season is complete and it has been an intriguing start for clubs on both side of the Manchester divide.
For Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the main story has been the outstanding form of new signing Erling Haaland after he plundered his way to 10 goals in his opening five Premier League fixtures.
That played a key role in City’s unbeaten start to the campaign, although they sit in second place, one point behind an Arsenal side that have won five of their opening six games.
The Gunners sole defeat was inflicted by Manchester United, who have shaken off a poor start to the season to move into the top five.
Erik ten Hag’s men lost their opening two games after they were left empty-handed from a home game with Brighton and Hove Albion and the visit to Brentford.
That loss against The Bees proved to be something of a turning point as the Red Devils went on to win their next four matches.
But where will both Manchester clubs sit in the table when the final whistle is blown on a unique campaign next May?
ManchesterWorld enlists the help of stats experts FiveThirtyEight to assess where United and City will finish in the Premier League table.
20th: Nottingham Forest – 32 points
Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi celebrating what would be the winning goal against West Ham United last weekend.
19th: Bournemouth – 34 points
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Jefferson Lerma of AFC Bournemouth celebrates their side’s first goal with teammate Marcus Tavernier during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium on August 06, 2022 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
18th: Everton – 39 points
Everton duo Jordan Pickford and Conor Coady celebrate. Picture: Chloe Knott/Getty Images
17th: Leicester City – 41 points
Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is wanted by Newcastle United. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)