Manchester City star Aleksander Kolarov has aimed what Manchester United fans will certainly perceive to be a jibe, after insisting that his club have been superior to their fiercest rivals for years.
Despite losing in a surprise defeat to perennial struggles West Ham, City currently sit third in the Premier League, and are still within touching distance of leaders Chelsea. In contrast, United are eight, tenth points off of top spot, and they’re without Champions League football this campaign thanks to their dismal record under David Moyes.
Even then though the Red Devils have a rich history backing them up, including having won England’s biggest prize off of City in 2013. That particular argument however, is one that Kolarov seems determined to throw out altogether.
Speaking ahead of the Manchester derby, which will take place this coming weekend at the Etihad Stadium, the Serbian full-back admitted that the fixture remained a tough one which would be difficult to win, but claimed that his side should be recognised as favourite heading into the match.
“I think every player in the world would like to play this game. United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them," he said, according to the Manchester Evening News.
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“I think every player in the world would like to play this game. United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them"
“United is always United, a great club with a great history and if you don’t respect them a lot they are going to beat you. They change a lot of players and are in progression now.
It’s true that United are a team undergoing mass transformation, with Louis van Gaal having spent £150 million in the summer in order to purchase some of the world’s most influential players.
Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria head a list of lucrative imports, but the large-scale changes have threatened to destabilise the club’s ambitions during this season’s early exchanges.
The Manchester derby
A disappointing loss to Swansea City at home on the opening day of the season did little to raise the optimism levels in the stands, whilst a shock 5-3 defeat away at Leicester City - a match in which they were 2-0 up - has left many supporters fiercely critical of the defensive aptitude of Van Gaal’s back-line.
City on the other hand appear to have found a rhythm under Manuel Pellegrini and, despite the fact they’ve been poor at points this term, they’re still amongst the favourites to be sitting top of the pile come next summer.
If they win at the weekend then squad confidence levels will once more be at a premium, though United’s dramatic draw with Chelsea will have Van Gaal’s squad positive heading into the clash.