In an Exclusive interview with ESPN, David Silva has revealed he believes Manchester City are now the dominant side in Manchester, despite United laying claim to that title for so many years.
‘A key turning point was the 6-1 at their place — I think things have changed since then’
Speaking ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, Silva stated:
“If you are telling me that statistic, it is a good statistic that we haven’t finished below United since he [Ferguson] left, so maybe that is good evidence.
“The derby has changed since my time here. A key turning point was the 6-1 at their place — I think things have changed since then.
“When they come to play us here or anywhere, they probably have higher respect for us than before.
“The respect is always there, no matter who you are playing, but maybe now, the way in which City are viewed by United has changed and maybe we have got the upper hand.”
“But there is a huge impact from this game, whether you do badly or well, whatever the result of the derby, it has a massive impact.
“United are a little bit off pace maybe, but they have always had a great side and they still have a great team now and I’m sure that, come the end of the season, they won’t be too far away.”
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Given the two sides positions heading into Sunday’s game, it is hard to argue with Silva’s assessment.
Manchester City currently sit top of the Premier League after 11 games having won nine and drawn two.
City have also scored a staggering 33 goals and let in just four in the league this season.
As for Manchester United, they are currently in 7th place in the table.
United have won six, drawn two and lost three.
Man United’s defence is also the worst in the top 14 having let in 18 goals in 11 games.