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Owen tips rivals City for the top

HIS injury-time winner may have taken them down a peg or two in Sunday&rsquo;s thrilling derby, but Manchester United striker Michael Owen expects rivals City to keep upsetting the Premier League&rsquo;s elite.<br /><br />City announced their intention to break the Big Four&rsquo;s stranglehold on the Champions League places with a &pound;120m summer spending spree on some of the division&rsquo;s most sought-after talent. <br /><br />Mark Hughes&rsquo;s men then backed up their lofty ambitions with a 100 per cent start to the season that included an emphatic 4-2 triumph over top-four rivals Arsenal.<br /><br />Owen and United checked their progress at Old Trafford, albeit via the latest of late goals, but the former Newcastle and Liverpool player has tipped City to recover and mount a serious assault on the top of the table.<br /><br />&ldquo;Manchester City have been quite impressive since the start of the season. You would think they will be up at the right end of the table,&rdquo; said Owen. &ldquo;Everyone is guessing how far up the table that is. Whether it is a European place or a Champions League place I am not sure. But I definitely think they will be up there.&rdquo;