Manchester United chief executive David Gill has admitted he expects Manchester City to hit back in the Premier League title race next season, Sky
Gill believes that the money available to the deposed champions – and the grand plans City have to develop their academy – mean next season will see another battle between the two Manchester clubs. But Gill insited that United are already plotting how to retain the title after wrapping it up this season with four games to play.
“I’m sure they will come back,” Gill said. “They’ve got some ambitious plans on their investment and their academy. But that’s what the excitement of the Premier League is. I’m sure all the clubs who missed out this season will be doing business in the summer – as we will be – with a view to come back all guns blazing next year,” he added.
Gill is to step down from his position at Old Trafford at the end of the season as he seeks a place on the UEFA executive committee, and praised the club’s owners, the Glazer family, for their role in returning the title to Old Trafford despite not being universally popular among the United support.
“There are still a small number of dissenters and they will always be there and they have had long held views which they are not going to change. We respect those, but ultimately, someone has to own the club,” Gill said.
“They [Glazers] get the personal enjoyment and the important thing is that there is really no ego about them. They operate behind the scenes here, they don’t walk around saying ‘we own the club’, and they are very mindful of the traditions and the history of the club and people.”
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