After 5 weeks it looks like this is a wide open premier league.
City and Mancini look burdened by the weight of expectation and pretty average compared to last year, especially at keeping goals out.
United are having troubles keeping defenders healthy, which somewhat balances out adding quality at the other end in van Persie and Kagawa. Johnny Evans is certainly not in the same stratosphere as Vidic.
Chelsea have showed signs of vulnerability in defence but good in attack, with the notable exception of their £50m striker. They need to get Lukaku back from his loan and ditch Torres. They'll probably end up selling Torres and paying £90m for Falcao instead.
Arsenal look good but will need to show that, unlike recent seasons, they can maintain their recent form for most rather than some of it.
Spurs have had a predictably slow start to the season getting used to a new manager and new players, but haven't lost in 6 games now. AVB appears to be taking a similar approach to Carroll with Wilson, playing conservatively and trying to minimize mistakes while the team gets used to each other. They've looked better when they've been more attacking, however, but with the exception of an arguably unjust draw against a very good Lazio we've won our last few games and have only played badly once this season.
Liverpool are having a similar season to last and are generally playing better than the result would suggest, but lacking consistency.
Everton appear to be this season's Newcastle while Newcastle should still be in the mix, despite struggling a little more than last year.
It's shaping up to be a good season yet again.