“Also I think when the cold weather comes and the fixture congestion comes, I think Manchester United have got the physicality to deal with it.
“I do (fancy United),” former Manchester City midfielder Barton said on talkSPORT.
The only thing that separates the two sides is goal difference, with City having scored 16 in their last three outings.
“If you remember last year City started like a house on fire and then the cold snap comes in.
Pep Guardiola’s side finished in a disappointing third in his debut campaign in England last term but they have been tipped to win their first title since 2014 after a summer spending spree of over £200million.
That is the outrageous opinion of pundit and former Premier League star Joey Barton.