Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that Manchester United are still the top club in Manchester, despite everything the Red Devils’ crosstown rivals have accomplished in recent years.
Manchester City have won five league titles in the last decade , with Man Utd lifting the Premier League trophy just once in that same timespan.
But, despite City’s recent success, Solskjaer said ahead of Saturday’s derby that his side still is the top dog in Manchester, and will remain so in years to come.
What did Solskjaer say?
“No, I can’t,” Solskjaer said when asked if he could envision City passing Man Utd. “But, the thing is, you have to have respect for what they have done in the last 10 years or even more so in the last four or five with how dominant they have been in England and in Europe.
“But we are Man Utd, we are always going to come back, I think we are the number one club in Manchester and that also probably means in the world.”
The big picture
Manchester City have not suffered a trophyless campaign since Pep Guardiola’s first season with the club in 2016-17, having emerged as a dominant force under the former Barca boss.
That same season, coincidentally, is the last time Man Utd won a trophy, as they lifted the Europa League.
Manchester United are already chasing the title race this campaign, as they enter the derby eight points behind league-leaders Chelsea.
Third-place City, meanwhile, sit five points behind last season’s Champions League winners, with Liverpool currently holding down second in the league.