Manchester City are now a bigger club than Manchester United – according to Class of ’92 member Nicky Butt, who is the club’s head of coaching at the youth academy.
While he didn’t say it directly, his words could only be interpreted in one way – that he believes Manchester United to be number two to City.
“For Manchester United now we have got a challenge on to get back to where we want to be, which is the biggest club in the country, and also in the city,” Butt told the press.
“That challenge is there for the owners, the board, the manager and the club in general to be where we want to be. We have got a challenge on our hands to get there.”
Butt pointed to the difference in class between City and United on Sunday when Pep Guardiola’s men outclassed Jose Mourinho’s side at the Etihad Stadium.
“Every now and again you come up against a team that are too good for you.
“On Sunday anyone who had a bit of common sense knew it was going to be a very difficult game, that they had their work cut out, and every single player had to be at the top of their game to get a result off that team. It wasn’t to be. They were a much better team on the day.”
Despite being a Red Devil, Butt couldn’t hide his admiration for City.
He said: “They have got to where they need to be now, they are winning things. Their next challenge is the European Cup, the Champions League.
“Until you win the Champions League you can’t really be compared to the best teams in Europe. But I’m not going to say it’s not impressive what they have done, obviously it is.”