Solskjaer: Manchester United are still a bigger club than Man City
The Old Trafford boss says that he will strive to ensure the Red Devils become the city’s top team once again Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that the Red Devils are still a bigger club than neighbours Manchester City.
The Old Trafford side, who will renew their rivalry with the Citizens when they meet on Saturday, were once the pride of the city, having captured 13 Premier League titles in 20 years. Now, though, they are heading for a seventh year without being champions of England, having suffered a collapse in fortunes since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in 2013.
City, meanwhile, are two-time defending champions, and have won four of the last eight Premier League titles. Though Pep Guardiola’s men are 11 points behind current leaders Liverpool, they are recognised as one of the finest sides in the game and one of the favourites to win the Champions League. Editors’ Picks Demolition derby? Stop Rashford & Man City could rout United with back-to-basics approach The Conte effect: ‘The Messi of coaches’ has put Inter back on top of Serie A New coach, same old story! Abject Arsenal sinking fast Klopp continues to roll the dice but Origi & Shaqiri gambles pay off again
Still, when Solskjaer was asked if he still regarded United as the bigger club, he replied: “Yeah.”
Solskjaer, whose sit currently lie sixth in the standings, a distant 11 points from their rivals and eight away from the Champions League spots, is still confident that United will ultimately get things right.
“With the size of our club, we’re going to have to bridge that gap, and our aim is to go past the teams above us,” he said.
“I believe that’s what we have to aim for, that’s we have to go for and that’s what we have to believe in, because we do have the resources to do it, we do have the people to do it, so why not?
“As long as we’re going in the right direction and we get there, that day when we do is going to be a very good day.”
The Norwegian also rejected the school of thought that City’s spending power means that they will simply dwarf United in that regard. Article continues below
“I don’t agree,” he added. “What are you going to do? Are you going to give up? Not challenge them? That’s what we’ve got to get back to.”
City won both derby encounters in the league last year, with their 2-0 success at Old Trafford in April considered to have been a big hurdle cleared en route to winning the title by just a single point over Liverpool.
United, though, hold the upper hand historically, having won 61 encounters to City’s 47, while they have drawn 47 times.