Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe at Manchester United’s recent net spend after the club ended a six-year trophy drought with more than £365 million spent between them.
After their Carabao Cup final win over Newcastle United, the four-time Premier League champion shared his thoughts on Erik ten Hag’s squad.
Guardiola in quote said, “Congratulations to United for the Carabao Cup and to Newcastle as well – the game was entertaining. Sooner or later it should happen, shouldn’t it? It should happen. Welcome.”
When asked if he believes United can become a regular title contender, the Spaniard responded: “If they spend a little more money, yes! It’s because they didn’t spend, isn’t it?”
Despite spending £25 million more than United over the last five seasons, City’s net spend of £162 million is far superior to United’s £527 million.
After winning his first trophy with Manchester United, Eric Ten Hag expressed his satisfaction on the success so far and calls for inspiration and more confidence to the squad and players.
“It is about glory and honour and if you want to prove something and win something you have to do it because no one is bringing something to you in top football.”
“You have to win the first [trophy] and that is what we did today. You can take inspiration from this, but also more confidence.”
“We are still at the start [of the process] to restore Man United to where they belong. We showed the right spirit – we fought and gave everything, as a team. It wasn’t always the best football but it was effective. There is a hunger and desire for trophies.”