Owen does not believe such City win would end title race


Michael Owen does not believe such a Manchester City win would end the title race despite the fact that they can go 11 points clear at the league summit.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been in phenomenal form in 2017-18 and head into the Manchester derby at Old Trafford as the top flight’s only unbeaten side.

“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.

“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.”

Owen made his mark on the derby with a 96th-minute winner as United triumphed 4-3 in a memorable clash at Old Trafford in September 2009.