Former Manchester United goalkeeper and legend Peter Schmeichel has claimed that local rivals Manchester City are a 'bigger team' based on current form.
Schmeichel played for both United and City during his time in the Premier League. The former Danish international spent eight years with the red half of Manchester before having a brief stint with City during the end of his career.
The 50-year-old admitted that there's been a major power shift in the bragging rights in Manchester and that City are currently the better team of the two, as relayed by the Daily Mail.
Schmeichel told BBC Sport: "In my first couple of years (at United) I didn't understand (the rivalry with City). Liverpool and Leeds were much bigger.
"Now it's different. Man City are the champions, they had their second Premier League win last season and maybe at the moment they are a bigger club than Manchester United in terms of results so the significance has changed," he added.
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The Big Dane believes this forthcoming derby is going to be tricky for United largely due to the inconsistency with which they have started the new season.
"It (the derby) is a tricky one for Manchester United because of their inconsistency."
Schmeichel in Manchester
City are currently 3rd on the Premier League table with 6 points behind leaders Chelsea and 4 points above United who are languishing at 8th.
During Schmeichel's 8 years at Old Trafford, he won five Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one historic treble which saw United win the UEFA Champions League and do the domestic double in a single season in 1999.
City meanwhile played in the third tier of English football. And the Dane holds a distinguished record of not losing a single game against City while playing between the sticks for United.
The hugely anticipated Manchester derby is scheduled to commence on Sunday the 2nd of November at the Etihad Stadium.