Man City bigger than Man United now, claims Peter Schmeichel
Manchester City have eclipsed bitter rivals Manchester United, according to Peter Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel has risked the wrath of Manchester United supporters after claiming Manchester City have eclipsed their derby rivals.
The Citizens are reigning Premier League champions after pipping Liverpool to the top-flight crown on the final day of last season.
They are maybe a bigger club than United in terms of results, so the significance has greatly changed
The Eastlands outfit have won two of the last three titles as United’s Premier League dominance starts to wane.
And former City and United goalkeeper Schmeichel reckons the Citizens are the biggest club in Manchester ahead of Sunday’s derby.
“When I first joined Manchester United matches against teams like Liverpool and Leeds were the biggest games and I didn’t understand,” Schmeichel told BBC Sport.
“Obviously Manchester City were not in direct competition with United at the time but those games were still viewed as a must win. But now City are champions, and they are maybe a bigger club than United in terms of results, so the significance has greatly changed.
“Today it is a proper derby, a game that will attract attention from all over the world.”
Schmeichel admitted that Sunday’s derby is too close to call after an inconsistent start to the season for both sides.
“It is a tricky one for United because of their inconsistency. The Leicester game is perhaps the best example. To go 3-1 ahead and end up losing 5-3, that is not the way United want to be. We don’t know what we are going to get on Sunday. I have absolutely no idea.”