Owen unsure of City’s title credentials

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has stated that current Premier League leaders Manchester City will have a dip in form at some point during the season, and it is too early to consider them as title favourites.

Roberto Mancini’s men have stormed to the top of the English top flight in an unbeaten run over 11 games, and announced themselves as challengers by beating United 6-1 at Old Trafford.

Despite the Etihad Stadium team’s undoubted quality, Owen feels there is a long way to go in the race for the title.

“They are top of the league, playing great – as well as they’ve performed in years,” he told Mirror Football.

“They obviously beat us quite well in the league and deserved to win that game. But it was only a few weeks earlier that we played really well and beat them in the Community Shield.

“Everyone then was taking a step back then and saying, ‘It might be a year too soon for City’ and it just shows how quickly things can change.

“They’re on a crest of a wave at the minute, but every team will go through a sticky patch at some point and we’re still early on in the season.

“We’ll see what happens after Christmas and start forming opinions then, but there’s no doubt about it, they’re a force to be reckoned with.

“Man United over the years have always gone on great runs towards the end of the season and have pulled it out of the fire many times,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, United have announced a 16.5 per cent increase in revenue for the first quarter of the financial year, making profit of £73.8 million for the period.

The result means that the Premier League champions’ debt is reduced by £83.5 million to £433.2 million.

By Gareth McKnight