Pep Guardiola makes honest admission about Man United

The Manchester City boss admits the Citizens have a long way to go to emulate Manchester United's history

Pep Guardiola has conceded that Manchester City are a long way behind Manchester United in terms of the stature of the Premier League clubs.

The Citizens were favourites for the Premier League title at the start of the season following the Barcelona and Bayern Munich legend’s appointment as their new manager.

The Eastlands outfit were impressive 2-1 winners against Manchester United in the season’s first derby at Old Trafford in September to underline their potential with Guardiola at the helm.

However, Manchester City have struggled with inconsistent form over the past few months to leave the Citizens in Chelsea’s wake in the title race.

Guardiola has some way to go to win his first Premier League title following a 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on New Year’s Eve, although the Spanish coach can find some consolation that his side are still ahead of Manchester United in the table.

While Manchester City might be leading their derby rivals at the moment, Guardiola admitted that the Citizens have a long way to go before emulating Manchester United’s illustrious history.

“We don’t have the history with this shirt, of Barcelona, Juventus, [Bayern] Munich or Manchester United. Not their titles,” Guardiola said in quotes reported by The Daily Mirror.

“It’s about being in Europe and over the next decade to be there [in the Champions League] every year. That’s more important to this club than winning one title, believe me, more than that.

“We have to convince people at this amazing club that they are good. They are good. And the fans as well.

“They have to believe they are good, the club is good, the players are good.”

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