Jamie Carragher believes Pep Guardiola would win the Premier League if he had the Manchester United squad at his disposal.
Manchester City are currently running away with the title, while Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United sit second, 15 points off the pace. The Red Devils boss recently hit out at the Citizens perceived over-spending, saying: “One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team.
“They are two different things. We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that is not one of the best teams in the world.
Man City have spent £198.7million ahead of this season, while Man United spent £146million, the Citizens recouped £56.65million on player sales to the Red Devils’ £7.7million.
And it is precisely this reason that Carragher has taken aim at the Manchester United boss, accusing him of sounding like a “broken record”.
Writing in his column for The Telegraph, the Liverpool legend said: “In the past he might have earned sympathy. Not now.
“Not at one of the world’s richest clubs when you have outspent most of Europe and the only way to keep up with your greatest rival is to match him on the training pitch and with shrewder management.”
Carragher goes on to discuss the major differences in Mourinho and Guardiola’s approach, with the former looking to sign ready-made superstars, and the latter willing to turn young players into superstars.
The former Reds centre-back refers to Man United signings like Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, compared to Man City signings Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, as key examples.
Carragher also goes on to discuss the major difference between managers like Mourinho and Man United’s legendary boss Sir Alex Fergsuon.
“That is what separated Sir Alex Ferguson from the rest,” he said.
“For all his success at United when he could bully rivals in the transfer market, it was Ferguson’s latter years when Chelsea and City were capable of outspending him that impressed me most.
“He not only kept United competitive, but ensured they were title winners because of their brand of football.
“Since Ferguson retired in 2013, United have spent in greater excess than when he was there. They have paid over £600million on new recruits under David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho.”