Before the introduction of Sheik Mansour and the multi-millions that he has brought to Manchester City, supporters on the blue side of the city had to suffer as United were the dominant force in English football.
However, the Etihad Stadium outfit now find themselves with one of the most impressive playing squads in Europe, with a glamour Champions League tie to play against Barcelona and a real opportunity to win the Premier League title.
With arch rivals United in transition after the retirement of their legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, there is a real argument to suggest that City are now the powerhouses in Manchester.
Pablo Zabaleta, who has been with Manuel Pellegrini’s men since 2008, has been vocal in his opinion that City now have a bigger reputation than the current Premier League champions
“After six years I can say I am a Mancunian,” the Argentine defender told the Mirror.
“I really like the new song the fans sing about me saying that.
“I want to be one of those players who all the City fans remember. When I came to Manchester the big club was United. You can’t say the same thing about Manchester now.
“City have a bigger reputation – not just in England, but around the world.
“I feel very proud to be part of it – and say I am one of the survivors of that time before the money.”
The emergence of City as a real force both domestically and on the continent will only serve as another frustration for the Old Trafford faithful, with a rebuilding process at United needed to take them back to the heights they have become accustomed to.
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