Confident Manchester clubs eager to maintain impressive starts
dpa Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6:48 pm TWN
LONDON - The two Manchester clubs, United and City, will be looking to maintain their places at the top of the Premier League by winning their respective matches this weekend.
Both have made impressive starts to the season, with United top on goal difference, with Chelsea hot on their heels in third.
And both go into their weekend matches boosted by victories in their Champions League openers, although midfielder Paul Pogba looks set to miss out with a hamstring problem.
United host Everton on Sunday, which means striker Romelu Lukaku will face his former side.
Lukaku has scored six goals in six games for United, having managed 71 goals for Everton in the past three seasons, but the Belgian said he does not feel under any pressure after his move.
"There are plenty of goals in the team," he told United's website. "That's what the fans want, it's what we all want. We work really hard in training on a daily basis and it's good that different people can jump in whenever."
Everton have struggled without him so far but Lukaku said he would be focused only on getting another win.
"I just keep going," he said. "The next game up is Everton, we are going to prepare really well and get another result."
City, meanwhile, have slammed in nine goals in their past two games and head to Watford full of confidence.
But Watford are fourth, two points behind City, and playing with a new-found belief under Marco Silva.
And Silva's side believe playing City straight after a European trip could give them a chance to cause an upset.
"I think we can threaten a lot of teams with the way we are playing and we can have a great season," Watford defender Daryl Janmaat told the Watford Observer newspaper.
"We're unbeaten with eight points from four games so it's a fantastic start to the season.
"We have got to continue like this and on Saturday we have Manchester City at home and a great opportunity to try to stay up with them."
Champions Chelsea, who also won their first Champions League group match in midweek, and with Arsenal the visitors on Sunday, they know they have to recover quickly.
"We are just focusing on Arsenal now which is a tough, tough game on Sunday," said Chelsea's former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
"It's a very difficult period for us. You could see the coach rotated five players. We have seven games in 21 days, that's not what we are used to from last year because the Champions League is in the middle and last year it wasn't there.
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