Steven Gerrard: Why Man United can be more optimistic than Man City

The former Liverpool captain believes Manchester United have plenty of reasons to be positive

Steven Gerrard believes Manchester United have more reasons to be positive about their future than Manchester City.

Both Manchester clubs appointed new managers at the start of the summer after Jose Mourinho took over the reins from Louis van Gaal following the Red Devils’s fifth-place finish last term.

Manchester City managed to finish one place above their derby rivals but Manuel Pellegrini lost his job as Pep Guardiola took charge of his first Premier League club.

The Citizens suffered a 1-0 loss to Liverpool on New Year’s Eve just hours after Manchester United came from behind to seal a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho started the latest round of Premier League fixtures just three points behind the Eastlands outfit despite their stuttering start to life under the Portuguese coach.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard believes Manchester United are looking in much better shape in the Premier League as the retired midfielder singled out Claudio Bravo as a weak link in the Manchester City side.

Gerrard told BT Sport on Saturday: “Between Man City and United, I think there’s a lot more optimism at United because they’ve got a good goalkeeper, Jones and Rojo are playing well and they only seem like they’re only a couple of pieces away from having a really good team.

“I look at Man City – and I think they need a full new back four.”

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