Newcastle have been forced to live with the memory of Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant in 1996.
In many ways it has gone downhill since then, as Manchester United overcame a huge deficit to rob the Magpies of a maiden Premier League title and sent the two clubs in very different directions over the past 26 coming years.
However, Jason Cundy believes the balance is about to tip in favor of Newcastle.
The Toon may be 17th in the table and fighting relegation, but the fruit of their Saudi-backed takeover is already starting to show.
After impressive business in the January transfer window, Newcastle have won three Premier League matches on the spin.
Manchester United, meanwhile, look no closer to a title challenge than they have in the nine years since Sir Alex’s retirement.
The Red Devils, despite their wealth of superstar talent, are struggling to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Asked a simple question of whether Man United or Newcastle will win the title first in the coming years, former Chelsea defender Cundy had a surprising answer.
“I would probably go to Newcastle,” he told talkSPORT.
“Look what Man City did with their millions, look what Chelsea did with their millions.
“None of these clubs are in it to make money. Their role models are about glory, not pounds.
“Manchester United, at the moment their priority is not glory, it’s pound tickets.”
He added: “Newcastle will spend what they want. Manchester United, under the Glazers, are known to watch their pennies.
“It’s all about recruitment and Newcastle, in this situation, have been superb.”
Cundy’s beloved Blues didn’t wait long for their first title in 2005, two years after Roman Abramovich bought the club.
And former Man City winger Trevor Sinclair, who has seen a similar revolution at his former club in recent years, agrees with Cundy.
He told talkSPORT: “I think there’s a good argument to say that Newcastle will succeed before Man United.
“United have had nine years to get out of this and they are still a long way off.
“Whereas Newcastle, if successful, could easily win the title before Man United.”
However, former England striker Darren Bent had none of it.
He told talkSPORT: “I agree that neither will win it any time soon.
“But you have to look at where they are and the platform they are leaving from.
“Man United are much closer now than Newcastle, so you should say United. Newcastle are in a relegation battle.
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