The England and City winger acknowledges United's years of dominance but believes it 'could all change' in the next 12 months.
City lifted the FA Cup and also qualified for the Champions League for the first time last season and are expected to embark on another spending spree this summer.
Sea change: Winger Adam Johnson predicts that Manchester City could overtake United as the leading club
Johnson said: 'United have been on top for decades now. But I think we are definitely closer.'I think we are probably as close as we ever were. I think everyone knows that now.
'Maybe if you tweak the squad a little bit, we could give it a massive push next season, and who knows, it could all change.'
Up for the cup: Johnson lifts the trophy after City's victory over Stoke City in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May
Johnson believes playing in the Champions League will only enhance his prospects of becoming a regular player with England.
He said: 'Personally it's going to help me playing week in week out in the Champions League, and doing well, and I will have a chance to be in most of the (England) squads.
'Watching this season's final certainly whets your appetite to be involved in such things.
'That's what you are in football for, Champions League finals, with the best players and the best teams in the world. We are going to get the chance to do that next season.'
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