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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Kevin De Bruyne picks Man City and Man United as Premier League title favourites but 'it's so early'

Belgian midfielder has been in mesmeric form for the league leaders, who host Burnley on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten run.

Kevin De Bruyne, centre during the Uefa Champions League win over Napoli, the latest game in which the Belgian was central to his team's success. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
Kevin De Bruyne, centre during the Uefa Champions League win over Napoli, the latest game in which the Belgian was central to his team's success. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne believes his club and rivals Manchester United currently have the edge over their opponents but says it is too early in the Premier League to choose title favourites.

Both Manchester clubs remain unbeaten in the league with City atop the standings on 22 points and United two points behind after eight league games, followed by Tottenham Hotspur and Watford in third and fourth respectively.

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City and United have shown dominant all-round performances to establish themselves at the top but De Bruyne, who has provided five assists and scored once for City in the league so far, would take nothing for granted.

"For the moment I think so, but everybody's still there," De Bruyne told ESPN when asked if the Manchester clubs are favourites. "It's so early, if you lose two or three games you go back to a (lower) position. We have to maintain this hopefully."

City manager Pep Guardiola led them to a third-placed league finish last season and De Bruyne believes that the club have improved their record against the league's top teams to rise to the top.

"I think last year we played good football but especially in the big games we didn't win them," De Bruyne said.

"Especially at the moment, we are playing maybe a little bit better, but we're just building on what we did last year and for the moment everything is going well. But we'll put hard work into it and we have to keep going."

City can extend their six-game winning streak when they host Burnley in the league on Saturday.