City midfielder hails passion of fans in Manchester.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes his side’s fixture against Manchester United is now the biggest game on the English football calendar, according to FourFourTwo.
The Ivorian has been at City since 2010 and has now played in and scored in a few Manchester derbies, and he believes the passion of the fans of the two clubs makes it the biggest rivalry in the Premier League, which is quite a compliment coming from a former Barcelona player, who played in several ‘El Clasico’ derbies with Real Madrid.
United fans may disagree as they are famed for their long-standing rivalry with Liverpool, who have historically been more of a success than City and more of a direct rival, despite the Old Trafford and Etihad club being neighbours.
But City’s recent rise since their takeover by the Abu Dhabi group in 2008 has seen them become direct challengers to United for the title, which they pipped their rivals to in dramatic fashion in 2012.
United won the league back last season, and this first meeting of the new campaign between the two teams could be crucial again, and Toure is determined for his side to win and signal their improvement this year.