Barcelona star thought Man Utd were the only team in Manchester

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Barcelona star Dani Alves has insisted that he only heard of Manchester City a few years ago, reports The Daily Mail. 

The Catalans star, who is preparing to take on the Citizens at the Etihad tonight, has revealed that he thought Manchester United were the only team in Manchester. 

Despite City boss Manuel Pellegrini recently insisting that the Citizens are now the biggest team in Manchester, Alves admitted that he only knew of the club's existence around five years - after they were taken over. 

Speaking to reporters about Manchester United and Manchester City, Alves said: "I didn't realise until about five years ago that Manchester had two teams. Of course Manchester United have been one of the most famous and successful clubs in Europe for many years - but I thought they were the only one.

"When Manchester City got new owners and started buying some of the best players in Europe everybody knew who they were - but until then I must be honest I didn't know about them."

Alves has also insisted that it's easy for clubs to quickly establish themselves with rich owners. 

He continued by saying: "I think this is the reality of modern football. You don't need ten or 20 years to establish yourself - if you have rich owners you can do it in two or three years. It doesn't matter if I or anybody else agree with it - it is just the reality of today."

Manchester City will be desperate to beat their Spanish counterparts tonight in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie at the Etihad.

Manchester United will have to wait another week before they return to Champions League action as they travel to Greece to take on Olympiacos next Tuesday. 

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