Manchester City’s alphabetical edge over Manchester United explained

Pep Guardiola’s Man City and Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd are level at the top of the Premier League After five games of the 2017/18 Premier League season, Manchester City and Manchester United have identical records – same points, same goals scored and same goals conceded.

So why are City top of the table?

Pep Guardiola’s side lead the way only by virtue of their name, which comes before Manchester United in the alphabet.

However, although alphabetical order is sufficient to separate two sides now, it would not be used if City and United were in the same position at the end of the season. Oops! Remember you need to log in using your Sky iD to watch Premier League video Highlights: Man Utd 4-0 Everton Instead, there would be an extra game to decide who won the title, as there would be if two or more teams facing relegation had identical records.

The Premier League rules state: “If at the end of the season either the league champions or the clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall […]

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