Dwight Yorke insists there is no way he would have taken the plunge like Carlos Tevez and left Manchester United for cash-rich Manchester City.
Tevez caused a huge stir in the north-west this summer when he rejected Sir Alex Ferguson's belated attempts to keep the Argentina star and instead joined the Abu Dhabi-backed Eastlands revolution.
Although Tevez has made himself an instant hero with the Blues faithful, the United fans who used to adore his all-action style have turned against him and produced an intensely negative reaction during the recent derby encounter at Old Trafford.
Yorke accepts the new-look City is a very different outfit from the one which faced him during his own time at United. However, he would never have abandoned the chase for honours by making the same move.
'Things have changed,' said Yorke. 'But I know when I was at the peak of my career there is no way I would have left the best team in the world.
'Manchester City are a big club. Yes, they have a lot of money now and you can see they are making an impact.
'But really there is no comparison. You want your name to be associated with a global giant. Manchester United is that club. There is nowhere else like it. And it is still that way.
'Everywhere I go, people acknowledge the fact I played for Manchester United. It affords you a privilege you would not get anywhere else.'
Although Yorke was only at United for a short time in a 20-year career that also encompassed spells with Aston Villa, Blackburn, Birmingham, Sydney and finally Sunderland, it is Old Trafford the mind instantly switches to.
In his recently-released autobiography, Yorke chronicles that superlative Treble season, which for him started late because of a wrangle over his move from Aston Villa, which led to a threat he was going to be shot by then manager John Gregory.
It was a transfer he never had cause to regret though, especially as itbrought him into contact with Ryan Giggs, a player who is still goingstrong even as he approaches his 36th birthday.
There are legends. There are legends of legends. But Ryan is the ultimate legend,' reflected Yorke. 'He is the example for everyone to follow. I look back and think 'three Premier League titles'. That is fantastic.
'Ryan has 11. It puts everything into context. He is one of the all-time great players. And he has the desire to keep pushing himself the extra yard further than anyone else.'