Manchester City boss gives rivals shock compliment

Manuel Pellegrini has made a surprisingly positive comment about Manchester United, ESPN reports.

Although the squads are considered to be miles apart by many, Pellegrini claimed that the Red Devils’ squad is not far off the quality that his City team possesses. Considering how this season seemed to be going for the two Manchester clubs, it is remarkable that their derby match on Sunday will be so influential in the race for fourth place.

Manchester City have won just one of their previous five Premier League fixtures and are at risk of missing out on Champions League qualification if their form does not improve before the end of the campaign. Recent injury to Vincent Kompany is a concern for Pellegrini and the revelation of United’s youngsters will have been a key factor in Pellegrini’s comment.

Both sides have spent a huge amount of money over the past few seasons and it would be expected that the squads were more competitive.