Noel Gallagher has told talkSPORT he is taking great delight in Manchester United’s decline.
English football’s most successful club have failed to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, which Gallagher jokes was a “great for day for British football.”
Having lost two of their opening three games this season and amid reports of tensions behind the scenes, few are backing them to mount a serious challenge under Jose Mourinho this season.
There are even reports Mourinho could be axed if United lose their next game, against Burnley, after the United boss ranted at journalists following Monday night’s home loss to Tottenham.
And Gallagher, a lifelong of United’s bitter rivals and the current champions, Manchester City, has no sympathy for the Red Devils.
Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, the British music icon said: “He [Mourinho] seems to be sinking at the minute and if he is asking for the press to give him more respect, this is the start of the unravelling I think.
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“When I was growing up, Liverpool were the best team in 80s – you couldn’t even envisage they would go 20-odd years without winning the league.
“In the 90s, when United were winning three in a row, the Champions League and doubles and trebles, you couldn’t envisage United going ten minutes without winning the league, but it does happen and since Ferguson left United, which was a great day for British football, it is all beginning to unravel. And I am going to sit back and watch it with great pleasure.
“The fan of the Premier League wants all of the teams to be strong so everybody takes points off each other so you keep it going until the last weekend season. The diehard City fan in me wants United to go out of business tomorrow!”
While United have failed to lift the title in five years, City have won it on two occasions since 2013.
Last season, they racked up a record-breaking 100 points under Pep Guardiola, finishing 19 points ahead of United.
Asked what the differences are between the two clubs, Gallagher responded: “City have bought incredibly well. Even the squad players are amazing.
“United have just gone for expensive players.
“They went after Sanchez because City were after him, they went after Fred because City were after them, they went after Pogba because everyone else was after him. There doesn’t seem to be any plan there where they are buying players for the future. That is the big difference.
“Nobody was after Bernardo Silva, nobody was after [Leroy] Sane – people laughed when we bought Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker.”
Gallagher believes Liverpool, whose fans he branded “deluded”, will prove to be City’s fiercest rivals this season, while he is also tipping Chelsea to shine.
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