Peter Crouch: Manchester City’s treble winners will be better than Manchester United’s treble side

Peter Crouch has been discussing Manchester City’s potential treble.

If Manchester City beat Inter Milan on Saturday, they will be just the second English side to win the treble.

The first team to do so was Manchester United in 1998/1999.

The Red Devils won the Premier League with 79 points, 10 fewer than Manchester City in 2022/23.

They had a tough run in the FA Cup, seeing off Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Fulham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle United.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, United finished second in their group behind Bayern Munich before beating Inter Milan in the quarter-final, Juventus in the semi-final and Bayern Munich in the final (there was no Round of 16 at that point in the CL).

On paper, Manchester United had a harder FA Cup run than City, but had 10 fewer points in the league and the difficulty of the pair’s road to the Champions League final was somewhat similar.

So, when it comes to whose treble-winning side was better, it is very much up for debate.

But when speaking to Paddy Power recently, Peter Crouch pointed towards Man City’s team having the upper hand.

“Manchester City can be better than United’s treble side. This Man City team has been more dominant through the season than the Man United 1999 treble winners were. It’s felt like a lot of it was a formality for Man City, whereas that Man United team might’ve been going into that Champions League final as underdogs. But they had something special about them. Look at the midfield – Scholes, Keane, Beckham, Giggs. And Yorke and Cole up-front was a great combination. It was an absolute joke how good they were.

“It’s hard to compare because you don’t want to be trapped by the moment and say City are clearly better. And I think there would be a good mix of players from both sides if you had to pick a team – I’m not sure I want to choose between Scholes, Keane or Kevin De Bruyne.

“It’ll be a conversation for years if City do win it all – I think the sides are quite even. But I’d expect this City team to go on and dominate Europe for years, so they’re on the road to being a better side. If they do that it’ll elevate them above the Man United treble team.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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