FOOTBALL: Ex-Manchester United star Mikael Silvestre launches attack on Manchester City big spending

Mikael Silvestre says Manchester City just buy their trophies

Mikael Silvestre says Manchester City just buy their trophies

First published in Sport

MIKAEL Silvestre has launched an astonishing attack on Manchester City’s big spending.

The former Manchester United star, who made 249 appearances in nine years at Old Trafford, let loose on the Blues as the Manchester giants prepare to go head-to-head for the Premier League title again.

In a tirade of criticism of the Etihad club, he said City buy all their trophies, block the progress of young talent, are not liked by other supporters and do not have the “courage” of United.

He said the Blues would never be as popular as United because of the way they “buy titles” and “shut the door” on youth players.

The balance of power in Manchester shifted to City last season after they won the Premier League and finished some 22 points ahead of their local rivals.

After spending hundreds of millions of pounds, City have won two league titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup since Sheikh Mansour took over in 2008.

Silvestre said: “They just buy trophies. United are all about growing players.

“City buy multiple stars and shut the door to the youth system.

“United have more courage. They are a club with a family spirit.

“Those who come through the ranks absorb the mentality, the history of the club so they show the heritage in their performances.”

United and City will compete in the International Champions Cup in the United States over the next two weeks.

The club is growing in popularity across the globe, but Silvestre thinks they are still some way behind United.

The former defender believes football fans across the globe have been put off supporting City because of their hefty spending.

“The way they do their business, it doesn't get people to support them,” he claimed.

“They might win trophies here and there but they won't gain support. I have been travelling a lot for United in the last six months.

“I have been to Asia, and the support there is unbelievable and honestly City is nowhere near that.”

Speaking to Press Association Sport at an event organised by United's official time-keeper Bulova, the Frenchman added about United’s popularity in the USA: “Ten years ago you would come to the States and you would have some quiet time, but that's not the case anymore.

“Now you can't walk by yourself in New York or any other major city and not be recognised.”

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8:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

alphie_Izzett says...

Sad yesterday's man grapsing for a bit of attention. Who cares what he thinks!?
Sad yesterday's man grapsing for a bit of attention. Who cares what he thinks!? alphie_Izzett
  • Score: 50

8:54pm Tue 22 Jul 14

rungrandad says...

We all know of course that Silvestre came through the youth system at........Rennes in Brittany; we also know that United do not "buy" trophies. Rooney, Vidic, Ferdinand , Carrick etc etc; all cost nothing.
We also admire the wealth of talent that has come through United's youth system in recent year; Evans, Cleverley Welbeck, all world beating superstars.
We all know of course that Silvestre came through the youth system at........Rennes in Brittany; we also know that United do not "buy" trophies. Rooney, Vidic, Ferdinand , Carrick etc etc; all cost nothing. We also admire the wealth of talent that has come through United's youth system in recent year; Evans, Cleverley Welbeck, all world beating superstars. rungrandad
  • Score: 57

9:29pm Tue 22 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

I do believe that MUFC started all this high spending BS years ago when they were the richest club in the country.Now they have competition with more financial power they are complaining.I remember old "purple nose" two years ago whining MU where being out bid for top players,now their tactics of the 1990s an early 2000s have come back to bite them on their bums.(Not allowed to say he A word.) Looks good on them. By the way I didn't know Sylvestre came up through the grass roots system....Not.
I do believe that MUFC started all this high spending BS years ago when they were the richest club in the country.Now they have competition with more financial power they are complaining.I remember old "purple nose" two years ago whining MU where being out bid for top players,now their tactics of the 1990s an early 2000s have come back to bite them on their bums.(Not allowed to say he A word.) Looks good on them. By the way I didn't know Sylvestre came up through the grass roots system....Not. boltonnut
  • Score: 38

9:57pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bazzlar says...

What a joke. Yoonited using academy player's in the squad, don't think so. Not since the class of 92 have they extensively used the acadamy. Their last derby squad cost more the Man City's and it shows how dedicated their current and ex players are to the club, (Van Persie, P Neville and Andy Cole when they send their son's to the MCFC Academy.
What a joke. Yoonited using academy player's in the squad, don't think so. Not since the class of 92 have they extensively used the acadamy. Their last derby squad cost more the Man City's and it shows how dedicated their current and ex players are to the club, (Van Persie, P Neville and Andy Cole when they send their son's to the MCFC Academy. Bazzlar
  • Score: 31

1:00pm Wed 23 Jul 14

dominoman says...

Like many others I 'm sick of reading what ex united players think. It's every day some old player saying united can win this or that trophy , or this or that player would be a great signing.

His nose was put out of place when the Arabs bought City proceeded to spend big so as to catch up with united. Two out of three league titles & an FA Cup in the last three years would suggest that City are in front of the reds now.

Lazy journalists just ringing up any old pro to get a quote, lets face it, none of them are going to slag united off are they?
Like many others I 'm sick of reading what ex united players think. It's every day some old player saying united can win this or that trophy , or this or that player would be a great signing. His nose was put out of place when the Arabs bought City proceeded to spend big so as to catch up with united. Two out of three league titles & an FA Cup in the last three years would suggest that City are in front of the reds now. Lazy journalists just ringing up any old pro to get a quote, lets face it, none of them are going to slag united off are they? dominoman
  • Score: 5

1:38pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Sighthound6 says...

De Gea- Bought 18M
Rafeal-Bought 3M
Jones-Bought 20M
Smalling- Bought-12M
Shaw-Bought 32M
Back 5 Total Cost- 85M

Herrera- Bought 27M
Fellaini- Bought 27M
Mata Bought 38M
Rooney-Bought 30M
Valencia- Bought 16M
Midfield Total Cost - 138M

Van Persie- Bought 25M

When did promoting youth cost over 200M?
De Gea- Bought 18M Rafeal-Bought 3M Jones-Bought 20M Smalling- Bought-12M Shaw-Bought 32M Back 5 Total Cost- 85M Herrera- Bought 27M Fellaini- Bought 27M Mata Bought 38M Rooney-Bought 30M Valencia- Bought 16M Midfield Total Cost - 138M Van Persie- Bought 25M When did promoting youth cost over 200M? Sighthound6
  • Score: 12

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