Football legend Eric Cantona has said that Manchester City will never reach the same heights as neighbours United if they rely solely on big spending to achieve success.
Despite City winning the FA Cup last season and recently breaking their club record to sign Sergio Aguero for £38 million, Cantona feels that it takes more than money to make a successful club.
‘United are the best team,’ said Cantona. ‘I don’t know how City work, maybe they work on the academy, but today they want to spend to build a team, to buy players.
‘They’ve been successful because they won the FA Cup, but if they only do that they will not be as strong as United who are bringing through young talent.’
Cantona was in Manchester in his role of director of soccer at New York Cosmos, ahead of Paul Scholes testimonial game. He added that abeing happy at ones club and enjoying playing football was the most important thing for most players.
‘The most important thing for me was to play for the best club in the world with some of the best players in the world,’ said the 45-year-old.
‘The greatest time you can have is on the pitch. I loved Manchester and the people. Every time I come back to Manchester I go to Old Trafford. It’s very special for me and it will be even more so this time.’