Robbie Savage: Only winning the Champions League will take Man City out of United's shadow


Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title on the last day of the season. 

It was a sensational race between the two sides, who were both running away at the top of the table. 

But, thanks to a 4-1 victory away to Brighton on the final day, it was Pep Guardiola's side who finished first, one point ahead of the Reds. 

With the win, City became the first team to secure back-to-back titles since Manchester United in 2009. 

But, this year, Pep's side can do something no team has done before - win the domestic treble. 

City have already won the League Cup and the Premier League and they have a chance to complete the set by winning the FA Cup against Watford on Saturday. 

Winning the treble would see City write another famous page into the history books.  

But, despite their domestic dominance, Robbie Savage believes that the blue half of Manchester are still very much in the shadow of their neighbors. 

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League

He claims that only one thing - winning the Champions League, will be able to take them out of it. 

"Pep Guardiola will never leave the neighbours over at Old Trafford completely in the shade until Manchester City win the Champions League," Savage wrote for the Mirror.

"All the smart money will be on City to complete a domestic treble of title, League Cup and FA Cup against Watford at Wembley this weekend. 

Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final

"But for all the glorious football they have played, and their astonishing stockpile of points over the last two seasons, they know the big prize Manchester United have already won three times has escaped them [The Champions League]."

"United’s Treble of title, FA Cup and European Cup in 1999 will remain the yardstick for greatness until it is matched – or even surpassed - by the Quadruple." 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1999 UEFA Champions League Final

Savage does go on to admit that this City side are perhaps the greatest Premier League team of all time, but he believes there's still one crown United can lay claim to - at least for now.

"Is Pep grand master of the greatest team in the Premier League era when they have yet to win the Champions League?" he continued.

"For me, that’s where United - who haven’t had much to shout about this season - can still lay claim to at least one crown." 

Manchester United celebrate

"Until City win the biggest trophy of all, the European Cup, they will remain at least partly in United’s shadow." 

Do you agree with Robbie Savage's comments? Or have Man City pulled themselves out of Man United's shadow? Have your say in the comments below.  

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