For the last time before the event started in Qatar, players from the red and blue half of Manchester set out on their international adventures as they prepared for the upcoming tournament.
Manchester United and Manchester City will face each other for the first time this season in the first game after the international break – with highlights in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to lose this season after a solid start to the season, while Eric ten Hag’s men have improved dramatically in recent weeks after a disappointing start.
Arsenal currently sit at the top of the Premier League table, with City in second place. United – after winning their last four games in a row – find themselves in fifth place. Tottenham and Brighton currently occupy the other two spots in the Champions League, with a number of clubs struggling to find their rhythm so far.
Two managers have already found themselves on the board of directors as the dismissal season is in full swing. Scott Parker was first to go as Bournemouth parted ways with the young manager, before Chelsea made the surprising decision to sack Thomas Tuchel and replace him with Graham Potter.
Ten Hag has been praised for helping the Reds improve after a disappointing campaign last season, while Guardiola is hoping to secure the Premier League title after the club’s dramatic victory in the final round of last season.
Last season, City trailed Chelsea by one point at the end of November, having won nine of their first 13 games. In contrast, United finished eighth and won only five matches.
Can Guardiola’s team move above Arsenal to sit at the top of the table heading into the World Cup? Or can Tin Hag’s men continue to improve and advance to the Champions League spots before the tournament in Qatar?
Why don’t you predict what will happen yourself?
Use the interactive tool above to choose a score for the remaining games before the World Cup to see what the schedule might look like heading into the tournament.
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