Aymeric Laporte, a Manchester City defender, has made a jab at Manchester United’s lack of success in recent seasons.
Last season, City won the Premier League title with United finishing second, a comprehensive double over their cross-city rivals. This season, Pep Guardiola’s team cruised to six points as the gap between the Manchester clubs has closed. Despite losing the Carabao Cup to West Ham, City are still competing for a treble on three fronts.
United, on the other hand, have little chance of winning anything this season after quitting all three cup competitions, and are instead fighting for a place in the top four under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
The Spain international couldn’t help but criticize City’s opponents in an interview with The Guardian, saying: “They (Manchester United) have a lot of followers, we’re in the same city.” It’s difficult for them to comprehend. However, there can only be one winner. They’ve also spent a lot of cash.
“You’re aware of that” (people waiting for City to fail). Perhaps they (United) aren’t bored of us, but they don’t believe it’s normal that we always win.
“If I’m not mistaken, we’ve won 11 trophies in the last four years; this can irritate certain individuals, such as our next-door neighbors who haven’t won anything.” People need to recognize that we’re human: just as we beat United, we lost against Palace.
“Money isn’t going to be able to explain that.” It doesn’t matter how much a player costs if he isn’t the best. It isn’t a precise science. We’re ahead of Liverpool by a point. People hurl defensive difficulties at us despite the fact that we have the best defense.”
City will meet Liverpool and Atletico Madrid four times in three competitions in April, starting with a trip to Burnley this weekend. Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are separated by a point.