Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has claimed that Manchester City have overtaken the Red Devils after their 3-1 derby day win.
Head coach of the Man United youth academy Butt has now reminded the club chiefs that they are facing a huge challenge to become the biggest club in their city again not just the country.
The Citizens are now ahead of their local rivals with a huge 12 points clear in just 12 Premier League games played.
Meanwhile, the Pep Guardiola side are in pole position to win the Premier League title again and are one of the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League this season.
However, Jose Mourinho side are now struggling to avoid the relegation battle and the big mountain ahead of them to make the top four.
“For Man United now we have got a challenge on to get back to where we want to be, which is the biggest club in the country, and also in the city,” Butt said.
“That challenge is there for the owners, the board, the manager and the club, in general, to be where we want to be. We have got a challenge on our hands to get there.”
“Every now and again you come up against a team that are too good for you.”
“It happened to us when we were a team that were wanting to do well in Europe, we come up against a team, Juventus, that were superior to us, they beat us every time we played them.
“Every now and again you have got to hold your hands up and say ‘they are a better team than us, better players than us, too good for every team in the Premier League and they are as good as any team in Europe.
“On Sunday anyone who had a bit of common sense knew it was going to be a very difficult game, that they had their work cut out, and every single player had to be at the top of their game to get a result off that team. It wasn’t to be. They were a much better team on the day.”
Speaking at the Premier Sports Network 2018 International Player Care Conference, 1999 Treble winner Butt added: “They have got to where they need to be now, they are winning things. Their next challenge is the European Cup, the Champions League.”
“Until you win the Champions League you can’t really be compared to the best teams in Europe. But I’m not going to say it’s not impressive what they have done, obviously it is.”