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Scholes: Man City now bigger pull for local talent than Man Utd

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says Manchester City are now a bigger pull for local talent.

Scholes believes local kids would have done anything to sign for Manchester United when he was a young boy, but the pendulum has now swung to the blue half of Manchester.

He wrote in the Independent: "When I was a kid, it was the case among the lads I played football with that if Manchester United wanted to sign you then joining Manchester City was not even a consideration.

"United did not have to persuade or offer inducements. We would have walked there ourselves.

"Thirty years on, and the picture in Manchester is very different and, as a United fan, it worries me.

"Trying to look at it from a neutral perspective I have to say that what City have achieved is impressive and their impact on the youth scene in Manchester began long before the opening of their City Football Academy this week, an event which seems to have generated more publicity in some quarters than the arrival of Christmas itself."

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