Following two spells at United that endeared him to the fans, Sparky crossed the divide to manage Man City. Although his reputation may be slightly tarnished in the eyes of some fans, Hughes remains a popular player.
With the Abu Dhabi group providing City with an endless source of funds the blue half of the city are closing the gap on United but for all their wealth, Hughes points to one thing that continues to separate the clubs, keeping United a few steps ahead.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Hughes noted the difference claiming:
“Whether or not the group at City, as a whole, work as diligently and with the same mantra as United, I don’t know. I’d suggest maybe not.
“Every Manchester United player understands what United is about. The players understand it is a privilege to play for United. They show the club that deference.
“I’m not sure the group of players at City understand that yet. A lot of people have come together very quickly. At United there has been continuity, with the manager, with the success they have had. It gives them a different dynamic.”