Pep Guardiola is trying to deflect from Manchester City’s Financial Fair Player breaches… Nothing new there!
The Man City manager has long faced questions about his club’s financial power which has often resulted in passive aggressive outbursts to try belittle journalists doing their job.
Guardiola seems to live in a bubble where he refuses to believe the fact City are among the world’s highest spenders, and without money they would have won nothing and would probably be sitting in League Two.
The problem at United is we have owners that have sucked over a billion out of the club since 2005, and we still have lots of debt hanging over their hands. We haven’t been able to spend like a club of our size should, despite putting more than £200m into the transfer market last summer.
Erik ten Hag delivered his first trophy as United manager on Sunday at Wembley. A 2-0 win over Newcastle saw United become Carabao Cup champions – our first piece of silverware in six years, and by no means our last under the Dutchman, who has done a terrific job with the team this season.
Guardiola was asked about United’s improvements this season and whether they can challenge after winning the Carabao Cup. He took the opportunity to take a swipe at City’s rivals, even though he was simply deflecting from the fact he is a cover up merchant, who doesn’t seem as comfortable when asked about City’s finances.
He said: “Congratulations to United for the Carabao Cup and to Newcastle as well – the game was entertaining. If they spend a little more money, yes [they can challenge more regularly]. “It’s because they didn’t spend, isn’t it?
“It’s normal, they’re in the position they normally should be. The reality is that they fought against two teams in the last years – Liverpool and ourselves – that have done incredibly well in the numbers. When I landed here I thought United would always be there, for the history, for everything. Erik is doing an incredible job.”
"Yeah if they spend a little bit more money" 😆
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