Ryan Giggs, a lifelong United supporter, started his career at Manchester City’s youth team. When he turned up at training, he’d show up in red shirts and be told to take them off. He didn’t think twice about leaving when Sir Alex Ferguson came knocking.

He has today reacted to City’s transfer, claiming it doesn’t matter how much money they have, it won’t be able to turn in them to the World’s biggest club.

“City have the richest owner in the world but I still see United as the biggest club in the world,” said Giggs. “United have a status and history that it has taken years to build up. It stretches back to the Busby Babes, to players like Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best. It will be very interesting to see what happens at City, but what we have at United is very special. You see it when we go abroad in pre-season, you appreciate how popular United is. We have fans in India, China, South America. That popularity is a result of our history. Money can’t necessarily get you that.”