The Mancunian candidates take to the stage on Sunday (Aug 7) as the contrast between the Manchester City, who visit West Ham United, and Manchester United, who host Brighton & Hove Albion, remains stark. It's been a summer of change at both clubs, but the gap remains wide.
Erik ten Hag was a face in the crowd for United's final match of last season, a 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace that may register as the club's rock-bottom moment in 30 years of the English Premier League. United were aimless, shapeless, listless, their usually boisterous away support barely mustering a chant. Ten Hag kept an admirably straight face that afternoon, fully aware TV cameras were on him while he was confronted by the depth of the job he had taken on.