Arsenal captain Robin van Persie should join Manchester United rather than Manchester City, according to former United star Gary Pallister and ex-City defender Danny Mills.
Both Manchester clubs, along with Italian champions Juventus, lodged bids for Van Persie last week after he confirmed he had no plans to sign a new contract at Arsenal.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and Pallister has advised against a move to the Etihad Stadium as he may suffer from City's squad rotation system, while Mills believes a move to United makes more sense as Sir Alex Ferguson's side are more likely of the two rivals to challenge for honours in Europe.
"Strikers get frustrated at City and I don't think Van Persie would be rotated as much at United," Pallister told BBC Sport.
"Van Persie has proven he is top quality and I don't think he would have any problem establishing a lethal partnership with Wayne Rooney.
"So if it's for footballing reasons, then I think Manchester United would be the ideal place for him."
City are believed to be ready to offer the Dutchman a four-year deal worth more than £200,000-a-week should he move to the blue half of Manchester.
But despite their growing credentials and historic Premier League success at the end of last season, Mills insists their rivals remain the bigger club.
"Manchester United are still, in terms of club, bigger on a worldwide basis," said the former full-back.
"In terms of challenging for the Champions League, if that's what Van Persie really wants, I think Manchester United would be the better option for him."
Both Manchester clubs suffered early exits in the group stages of the Champions League last season.
But Pallister believes his old club will be challenging for European honours again with Van Persie in the squad.
"Whether it would make the difference [to them winning the title this season], I'm not sure," he added.
"The goal difference was basically down to one game - the match at Old Trafford against City which cost them dearly, but it should never have gone that far.
"United had the title in their grasp and then they let it go, but I think it will be tight between the two Manchester clubs and maybe Chelsea this year.
"Sir Alex Ferguson has already brought in Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell , so they have strengthened in midfield and I think Ferguson has said he wants to bring in more players.
"City were definitely better with the strength of their squad last year and it had such depth in it as well, that it gave them an advantage. That is something Ferguson has been and will be addressing."
AC Milan, Barcelona, and Real Madrid have also shown interest in Van Persie in recent weeks.