Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes Manchester United are a bigger club than Manchester City.
City are well placed to finish above their rivals for a seventh successive season, which has not happened since the 1930s.
The Blues have won three Premier League titles since the last of United’s 20 successes in 2013.
Asked before Saturday’s Manchester derby whether he still regarded United as being bigger, Solskjaer said: “Yes.”
The United manager added: “It’s inarguable we are too far behind but what are we going to do? Give up? Not challenge them?”
In trophy terms it will take City a long time to catch United but, off the pitch, City are closing in on United’s financial superiority.
However, City manager Pep Guardiola feels there is more to being a big club than purely silverware.
“For United’s fans, they’ll always be the biggest club. For the City fans, they’ll always be the biggest club. It doesn’t matter if you have had a lot of success in the past, it’s part of what you feel,” Guardiola said.