Chris Sutton has laughed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for claiming that Manchester United are the biggest club in Manchester.
The Red Devils’ boss made the claim in the build up to the Manchester derby last weekend, before Manchester City beat United 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer had said, after he was asked if he saw City passing United to become the best team, “No, I can’t.
“But, the thing is, you have to have respect for what they have done in the last 10 years or even more so in the last four or five with how dominant they have been in England and in Europe.
“But we are Man Utd, we are always going to come back, I think we are the number one club in Manchester and that also probably means in the world.”
Sutton, who played in the Premier League, however, disagrees with Solskjaer’s claim, as he referenced the 5-0 loss to Liverpool as an indication that United have fallen from glory.
He told the Daily Mail, “Solskjaer claimed ahead of the derby that United are the biggest team in Manchester, and the world. Considering what’s been happening on the pitch, it’s a laughable claim.
“We had callers to BBC Radio’s 606 on Saturday evening describing Solskjaer as ‘clueless’, but they were laying the ultimate blame at the board for dithering.
“Over the last few weeks, the gap between United and those at the top of the Premier League has been laid bare. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool blew them away.
“Then [Pep] Guardiola’s City did the same. They were in total control. There’s an enormous gulf in class between Solskjaer’s United and their rivals, from top to bottom.”
Solskjaer remains Man United’s manager, with support from the club, despite increasing calls for him to be sacked.