Though the city’s success in other sports such as cycling, boxing to name just two, along with footballing success, helped it regain top spot and scored highly in almost all the 12 areas identified by fans as key to a great sporting city.

Reacting to the results, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera said to The Manchester Evening News: “First of all the history of this club makes the city very, very interesting, very attractive. Secondly the last two top positions in the league are two teams from Manchester, also because two of the best managers in the world are in Manchester.”

Steven Saunders, Senior Editor of ESPN.co.uk, continued to say: “Manchester’s consistency has been impressive over the years. It has never dropped out of the top two, and now returns to first place in the fourth year, Manchester’s top score for success, combined with strong scores in important factors such as Local Talent, Community and History makes them worthy winners.”

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “We are pleased to receive this confirmation from ESPN of Manchester’s status as the UK’s greatest sporting city. We are not just a power in professional and elite sport like football and cycling – but also in building participation right down to the grassroots.”

Report from The Manchester Evening News

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