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With the English Premier League (EPL) at the half way mark, Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has stirred the hornets’ nest by saying that runaway league leaders, Manchester City owe their success to the huge spending they have undertaken since the recruitment of Pep Guardiola as manager.

Manchester City manager, Pep guardiola

Given that both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were employed by their respective teams in 2016, the assertion by the former that City’s success was as a result of the vast resources available to Guardiola, has had pundits going back to their records to ascertain the veracity of the statement.

There is no doubt that Manchester United is the most successful club in the EPL with very vast resources as well as having some of the greatest players of the game having played for the team. One can talk of the Cantano’s, the Beckhams, the Hughes, the Cole’s and the Yorke’s to mention but a few over the years.

It also ought to be said that over the years, the club has nurtured a lot of great players like the Neville brothers and Paul Scholes through its academies. That a lot of great players like Cantona and Rooney have also been bought by the club to ensure that she was competitive and successful over the years cannot be glossed over.

It is also no secret that all players see United as one of the biggest teams that can help catapult them to the heights of the game. This accounts for the reason why the club has found it easy to poach a lot of upcoming as well as seasoned players to its fold much to the chagrin to its competitors.

With this information, some pundits were baffled as to why Jose would make such an assertion. Others dug deep to ascertain whether there was any truth to the statement made the Special One.

Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho

Going forward, the records show that of the two Manchester teams, United have brought in marquee players to augment their team since Mourinho took over 18 months ago. They first bought Paul Pogba for a world record fee of $85m and this year also brought on board Romelu Lukaku for $90m. United also strengthened their team with the acquisition of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.

Within the same period, City strengthened their team with the acquisition of two goalkeepers for $86m. They also brought in defenders Ben Mendy and Kyle Walker for a total of $126m in addition to the initial $50m spent on John stones last year. They also bought a forward Jesus for $27m.

All together in the last 18 months, City has signed a total of 16 players at a total cost of $426m while United has brought on board 7players at a cost of $315.8m.

On the face of the statistics it is clear that while United went for marquee players like Pogba and Lukaku, City brought on board youthful players to replace the likes of Kolarov and Claudio Bravo. Again, though the statistics have it that City have spent more, United have equally

United hitman, Romelu Lukaku

spent heavily in relation to other teams like Chelsea and Arsenal.

The difference to me is that ritically at what the team lacked and went in for them. Again, the players signed by City like keeper Ederson, Walker and Jesus are delivering the goods while United’s Pogba and Lukaku who were signed for heavy amounts, have thus far, only flattered to deceive.

In 2004/2005 while Jose was at Chelsea and his team conquered all that they faced, he advised Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger to concentrate on getting the best out of his players instead of complaining that Chelsea with their vast resources were buying their success.  I believe if Mourinho will take his own advice, it will serve him and his team well.


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