Former Manchester City star Paul Dickov believes the Blues are now a bigger club than Manchester United.
Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Dickov acknowledged that Manchester United have dominated in times gone by, mopping up trophies in the past 20 to 30 years, but have not finished above neighbours City since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and on the pitch are now in their shadow.
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🗣️ @OfficialPDickov explains why he believes Manchester City are now the biggest club in Manchester and will be for the foreseeable future.
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“I genuinely believe Manchester City are a bigger club than Manchester United,” Dickov told talkSPORT.
“If you look at what Manchester United have won over the last 20 or 30 years, there’s an argument to say they are the bigger club.
“But I’m talking about on the pitch now, winning things now, and winning things over the last two or three seasons, not 20 years ago.
“Going forward into the next five or six years, I genuinely believe Manchester City are the bigger club.
“I genuinely believe the players and the club now feel that they’re bigger than Manchester United.
“Manchester City have won three Premier League titles in the last seven years and got to the Champions League semi-final a few years ago.
“Definitely on the pitch they have not just caught up with Manchester United, they have gone on to a completely different level.
“If you look at the players they’ve got, how they are performing and what they did last season when they broke all sorts of records – I think you’ve got to say that.
“Manchester United under Fergie were untouchable for years. I know when the City owners came in they wanted to catch up and get on a level playing field with Manchester United, but I genuinely believe on the pitch they’ve overtaken them.
“But it’s not just Manchester United, Liverpool are doing everything to catch up, but City have set the bar so high with the players and the coach they have – everyone else is definitely playing catch up now.”