Manchester United are edging Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, but City have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea, not just fodder.
United and City have both won six and drawn one of their opening seven games, to sit five points clear of Tottenham in third, even at this early stage in the season.
But United have yet to be tested, while City have more than passed their tests against title rivals and have beaten two in two.
United and City have both taken teams apart, building goal difference of 20 and 19 respectively, which takes some doing by the first weekend of October.
Jose Mourinho’s men are smashing all-comers, with Saturday’s 4-0 home win over the hapless Crystal Palace their fourth 4-0 league win in seven, but United have played nobody of note yet that could have caused them any real problems.
United have beaten West Ham at home, Swansea away, Leicester at home, Everton at home, Southampton away and drawn at Stoke.
That is a pleasant start to the season and United have duly cashed in, but City on the other hand have smashed Liverpool and just won at Chelsea.
City have had their share of winnable early matches, winning at Brighton, Bournemouth and Watford plus seeing off Palace 5-0 at home, with a 1-1 draw hosting Everton.
But City have walloped Liverpool 5-0 and won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and that catches the eye, plus the fact that they have played four away in their seven matches, while United have had four at home.
Mourinho might bemoan fixture lists but United’s has been kind so far. Their challenge will be how they cope once the tests come. Next up for United, Liverpool away.