Manchester City left-back Angelino has taken a dig at the club’s rivals Manchester United ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s clash with the Spaniard’s current loan club RB Leipzig.
United have been drawn in the same group as the Bundesliga side, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir in a brutal group of death.
Leipzig defied the odds and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season before losing to PSG, and Angelino has returned to Julian Naglesmann’s side for a second season following their final four heartbreak.
The 23-year-old has said that Leipzig are not worried about the competition in their group and said Manchester United are ‘average’.
‘I don’t know that much about Basaksehir. We know Paris from the semi-finals in the tournament in Lisbon,’ the Spanish left-back told RBLive.
‘What I’ve seen from Manchester United so far: sometimes they’re world class, sometimes they’re average. We don’t have to hide.’
The Spaniard has been around the block since joining the Etihad and is currently on his sixth loan spell away from Pep Guardiola’s team, after returning to the club on a buyback clause from PSV Eindhoven.
Angelino has made 12 appearances for Guardiola and drew a comparison from the City boss and Leipzig manager Julian Naglesmann.
He added: ‘Both are extremely concerned with football, know a lot, always think proactively and always have new ideas ready.’
‘We [him and Nagelsmann] have known each other for a while, and have been in contact before, when he was still a trainer in Hoffenheim. The coach trusts me.
‘I can feel that and give it back with performance, and his style of play matches my qualities exactly.’