Savage – Man City must win UCL to leave Man United’s shadow

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The 2018/19 Premier League title race went down to the wire and one could easily imagine scenes in some parts of England when Brighton took the lead against the Citizens in the last game of the season whilst Liverpool were already a goal up.

However, defeat was not the case for Pep Guardiola’s men as they came from behind to thrash Brighton 4:1 at the Amex and retain their Premier League title to the chagrin of their rivals.

They won the title with a 1 point lead over Liverpool and having already sealed the Carabao Cup in the final against Chelsea, they are now on course for a domestic treble which no team has achieved previously.

Man City’s back-to-back Premier League triumph was the first in almost a decade since local rivals Manchester United attained the feat in 2009


However, in spite of the record that could be set by the Citizens on Saturday with a win over Watford in the FA Cup final, Robbie Savage is still of the opinion that the blue boys are still behind the red boys in Manchester.

According to Savage, only a triumph in the UEFA Champions League can take Man City away from the shadow of Man United

In a column for the Mirror, Robbie Savage wrote: “Pep Guardiola will never leave the neighbours over at Old Trafford completely in the shade until Manchester City win the Champions League”

“All the smart money will be on City to complete a domestic treble of title, League Cup and FA Cup against Watford at Wembley this weekend.

“But for all the glorious football they have played, and their astonishing stockpile of points over the last two seasons, they know the big prize Manchester United have already won three times has escaped them [The Champions League].”


“United’s Treble of title, FA Cup and European Cup in 1999 will remain the yardstick for greatness until it is matched – or even surpassed – by the Quadruple.”

Savage went on to state that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City could pass for the greatest Premier League team of all time, although Man United still has the UCL over them.

“Is Pep grand master of the greatest team in the Premier League era when they have yet to win the Champions League?” he continued.

“For me, that’s where United – who haven’t had much to shout about this season – can still lay claim to at least one crown.”

“Until City win the biggest trophy of all, the European Cup, they will remain at least partly in United’s shadow.”

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