Chelsea supporters are often mocked by their Liverpool and United counterparts for not having much of a history, at least not a glorious one. It appears as though Manchester City fans may also be directed with some of this banter, as the club set about trying to transform themselves from middle-of-the-road Premier League outfit to Champions League big-hitters in the space of a few months.
Ryan Giggs reckon that United’s Manchester rivals are still streets behind in the ‘biggest club’ stakes. Those at Old Trafford have obviously been keeping a keen eye on the happenings at Eastlands, but don’t appear too concerned by the Adug takeover, according to the Welshman. The Guardian reports that he believes City have some major catching up on their hands.
Hughes said City now had the financial backing to “be a huge club and if, in the future, that means being bigger than the ‘Big Four’ then so be it”.
Ryan Giggs, his former team-mate, is adamant that City will remain in United’s shadow. “City have the richest owner in the world but I still see United as the biggest club,” Giggs said. “United have status and history that has taken years to build up. It stretches back to the days of the Busby Babes, to players like Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best. We have fans in India, China, South America. That popularity is a result of our history. Money can’t necessarily get you that.”
Hmmm, although Giggs has something of a point, Chelsea have shown what can be achieved in the space of a few years. They have been loudly growing their brand on a global basis, and you’ll find plenty of Blues shirts all over the world these days. Do you agree that United are by far the biggest club the world has ever seen, and that City are still a modest size?