Man City care more about Liverpool rivalry and Manchester derby is more important to Man United these days, insists Trevor Sinclair December 12, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Trevor Sinclair believes the Manchester derby is a bigger deal for Man United than it is for City, who care more about their rivalry with Liverpool these days.
Pep Guardiola’s City have won two Premier League titles in the past three years, while Manchester United have been left fighting for top four spots.
The Red Devils host City in a Premier League clash on Saturday, which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT from 17.30.
And Sinclair, who made 98 appearances for City between 2003 and 2007, believes United supporters are more bothered by their local rivals than ever before.
City, on the other hand, are less fussed and more interested in Liverpool, insists the former winger.
He told talkSPORT: “It’s like roles reversed now. For Man City, I think Liverpool are their biggest rivals.
“But if you ask most Man United fans, a lot would say City are their biggest rivals because the noisy neighbours have become the bigger and more successful club in Manchester recently.
“It’s just another game for the Man City players.”
He added: “With the younger fan base at Manchester United, I think they’re more interested in beating Manchester City, just because they’re living amongst City fans.
“But when I was at the football club, it was all about winning the derby because that was almost as good as it got for Manchester City players.
“They weren’t challenging for leagues, they didn’t really do particularly well in cups. So it was about those derby games, especially the one at home.
“Fortunately for me when I was there we did okay. But going back to the bigger question, I think Liverpool and City have got a much bigger rivalry at the moment.
“Just bubbling under there, I think there’s a Liverpool-Chelsea rivalry which is about to start and I’m really looking forward to seeing it.”
Man City will leapfrog United in the table with a win, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in desperate need of a positive result following his side’s midweek Champions League exit.