Ryan Giggs reveals the Man City fear on every fan's mind
Ryan Giggs has issued an ominous warning to Jose Mourinho as Manchester United plot a challenge to Premier League champions City.
Giggs fears Pep Guardiola's side are capable of bucking the trend of recent title-winners by successfully defending their crown.
Sir Alex Ferguson was the last manager to win back-to-back titles - securing a hat-trick between 2007 and 2009.
In recent years Chelsea - twice - and Leicester have failed to even mount a serious defence.
City, themselves, have never won two on the bounce in their entire history. But United legend Giggs believes Guardiola is the man to rewrite the record books.
“In the past it has always been if a team has done well how are you gonna make up all them points?” he said. “But see the last three seasons. Leicester and then nowhere the next season.
“Chelsea not really anywhere. I think the problem is with City, you’ve got a manager who after his first season wins again.
“He did it with Barcelona, he did it with Bayern.”
Guardiola is determined to ensure City improve - even after a season that saw them break a host of Premier League records on their way to the title.
Second placed United were left 19 points adrift at the end of the season - but Guardiola is working on deals to strengthen his squad further with the signings of Riyad Mahrez and Jorginho.
But in a summer when Mourinho is looking to overhaul his squad, Giggs believes that will be another hurdle in United’s way.
“I don’t think they (City) are gonna bring many players in,” he told the South Morning China Post. “They’ve got a pretty settled side.
“I think United, there will be a lot of players going. There will be a lot of players coming in. Whereas City will probably just tweak, which is always a good thing if you’ve got a settled side and then you can bring in two big hitters who can just make that difference and take you up to the next level.
“If you win actually it’s more important to just keep that freshness for the players who’ve just won to make sure that they’re not getting too complacent.”
Meanwhile, Giggs says United face a dual challenge of both overtaking City in the table, but also emulating their style.
“You want both,” he added. “When City did it last year that was a problem for United. You had the neighbours winning everything and playing attractive football as well. That just put the emphasis on United even more.”