Manchester United have yet to finish above Manchester City since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson called it quits following his team’s title win in the 2012/13 season, and the once labelled ‘noisy neighbours’ are now considered Manchester’s predominant team on the pitch.
It has now reached the stage where even one of the world’s most respected coaches, Jose Mourinho, who saw his Manchester United side fall to a home defeat against Juventus on Tuesday night, is admitting that his side are lagging behind Pep Guardiola’s City.
“To go to the Juventus level? Barcelona level? Real Madrid level? How can you reach that level? Manchester City level? How can you reach this level?” Mourinho asked rhetorically after United’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus.
“Yes [with the best players]. Is not also easy.
“Because many of the players they belong to these top teams, so we work with what we have we try to improve with what we have.”
Mourinho has spent over £400 million at Manchester United and the Red Devils have the highest wage bill in the Premier League, having trumped City’s salary offer to Alexis Sanchez in January to win the race for him. However, Jose believes the United board need to allow him to spend more to catch up with high-flying Manchester City…