City will never have United's global reach, claims Gill
Published 17/09/2015 | 02:30
Manchester City will never be as big as Manchester United in Asia and other global markets, according to David Gill.
The former United chief executive says his club's city rivals can never hope to catch up, regardless of how many trophies they win or how much money the owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, invests in new players.
When asked about City's recent success, Gill said: "I'm not being arrogant, but it will never be as big as Manchester United in Asia and certain markets. Look at Liverpool, the club haven't won the league for so many years, but they are very popular in Asia. The big teams with history and heritage, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid, have that."
Gill, who remains on the board of United but stepped down as chief executive in 2013, spoke about his memories of when Sheikh Mansour took over City in 2008. "The immediate reaction was, 'We've seen it before with Abramovich [at Chelsea]', and you have to deal with it. They made mistakes but they now have a very good team and you can't argue with that."
Gill also paid tribute to the club's investment in the local area, saying: "If Sheikh Mansour decided he wanted to sell the club tomorrow, what he's left there, in terms of the development of that whole area, is unbelievable." (© Daily Telegraph, London)