Manchester United and Manchester City's results prior to the international break were apt summaries of the teams' performances in this campaign.
Outplayed by Everton after turning in an uninspiring display at Goodison Park, Roberto Mancini's men did not look like a team that could reduce the deficit between themselves and the league leaders. Conversely, the Red Devils were still able to grind out a narrow victory over Reading despite playing well below their best.
Sir Alex Ferguson will likely be the first to admit that his team have not always performed to expectation, but the hunger to wrest back the title is evident in each victory they have picked up during their relentless charge to a 15-point lead.
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