It's been a heck of a long time since Manchester City were thought of as the 'Noisy Neighbours'.
In the nine years since Sir Alex Ferguson – who famously coined the label – departed, City have finished above Manchester United in the Premier League ever single season.
United might always be 'bigger', but City are undeniably 'better' in almost every conceivable metric – and have been for almost a decade – and the enormous gulf between the two sides was illustrated after the Citizens' 5-1 thrashing of Wolves on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola's side currently have a goal difference 71 higher than Ralf Rangnick's struggling Red Devils, with City on +72 and United only just breaking even with +1.
"Imagine if we didn't buy Ronaldo," one United fan tweeted in response to the stat.
"And next season they have Haaland, goal difference of +100 incoming," a rival fan joked.
United's humiliating 4-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday embodied their wretched season, and aptly consigned them to their worst ever finish to a Premier League campaign.
The club have arguably never looked more rudderless, and following years of poor spending, corporate mismanagement and tactical inefficiency, Erik ten Hag's arrival at the club seemingly can't come soon enough.
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Having failed to replace Sergio Aguero over the summer following their lengthy but ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of Harry Kane, City went into the season with just one recognised striker – Gabriel Jesus.
As such, there were concerns that there wouldn't be enough goals in the team, but it didn't take long for fans' fears to be allayed. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne have all chipped in regularly and City are set to end the season with no less than six players on 13 goals or more.
Not only that, they're closing in 100 goals scored in the Premier League this season – a feat only achieved by three clubs in the division's history.
Who needs Erling Haaland, eh?
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