Paul Ince has claimed Manchester United fans are worried ahead of the derby with Manchester City, and not just because their club are miles behind Pep Guardiola’s side this term.
It’s because he thinks City have the money and the manager – not to mention the players, to dominate football for years to come, and could well have the same type of grip on the Premier League that United did in the 90s and Liverpool did back in the 80s.
He was speaking to Paddy Power and said: “The gap between the two sides is enormous now. City are way ahead, and what’s obvious is United will need to spend heavily if they watch to catch up. But of course, Pep will be picking up the chequebook in summer too.
“So, if you ask me, you’re looking at a total domination by Man City.
“And not just now, but for years to come. That’s what is making United fans so nervous.
We saw in the 80s when Liverpool dominated football, then it went to Man United in the 90s, and then in the 00s we saw a mixture of clubs. No one has had total control and dominated the Premier League recently, but City are going to do exactly that.
“As long as Guardiola is there, I can’t see it changing. You’ve also got to bear in mind that Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea will build over summer. There are wolves at the door, and Mourinho and the fans know that,”
Guardiola may have dominated England this season in terms of the Premier League, but unless he finds a way to beat Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League, it will mean his side fails in Europe once again, and it will be that which Guardiola wants to fix – seeing City win a Champions League would be huge for the club, and on a personal level, it would certainly answer some of the critics he’s had since the days at Bayern Munich, where he was unable to get past the semi-finals with the German side.