Pep Guardiola is highlighting the fact that Manchester United has spent more than their city rivals in recent years.
After their Carabao Cup triumph, the Manchester City manager couldn’t help but make a playful jab at their rivals, the Red Devils.
Manchester United defeated Newcastle at Wembley to claim their first trophy since 2017, and according to Guardiola, their renewed competitiveness was just a matter of time given the amount of money they spent on transfers.
Since Guardiola assumed the managerial role in 2016, Manchester United has expended £1.077 billion, which is slightly higher than Manchester City’s expenditure of £1.074 billion. However, Manchester City’s net spending is substantially lower, amounting to £478 million, primarily due to significant sales like Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko in the previous summer. Manchester United’s net expenditure over the past seven years is exorbitant, amounting to £835 million, indicating that they have invested a considerable sum of money in their pursuit of winning trophies.
Guardiola is well aware of the disparity between the two clubs in regard to net spend, so pointed it out after United’s Wembley triumph on Sunday.
He said: “Congratulations to United for the Carabao Cup. Sooner or later it should happen, shouldn’t it? Welcome.
“United have to be there. They’re in the position they normally should be.
“The reality is that two teams, Liverpool and ourselves, have done incredibly well with the numbers. Now it’s closer.”