Guardiola: Manchester United wanted to buy Bayern’s players but couldn’t afford them

by Sam Peoples

Pep Guardiola has strangely claimed Manchester United didn’t have enough money to sign players from Bayern Munich this summer.

United were linked with a host of Bayern players during the summer including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos but no moves came to fruition.

Louis van Gaal spent in excess of £150m in United’s biggest spending transfer window in the history of the club but despite that, Guardiola believes United wouldn’t have been able to afford any of Bayern’s players.

“They didn’t have enough money,” Guardiola said.

“I saw they spent a lot of money and it’s good for my friend Louis.

“It’s part of the game. All of the clubs in the world want the players of another club, but it depends on the player.

“If the player wants to play he will play. If he wants to stay he will stay. Manchester wants these kinds of players.”

Given that Bayern sold Toni Kroos, one of the best midfielders at the World Cup, to Real Madrid because they refused to meet his wage demands and got a 32-year-old Xabi Alonso in return, Guardiola’s comments sound ever so slightly hypocritical.

But the biggest point to raise about this is to ask why United are the point of discussion on a night when they aren’t even involved in Champions League football?

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