Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has heaped pressure on Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola when speaking to Premier League Today.
Guardiola’s men ended last season empty-handed in his first year in charge of the club while Jose Mourinho won two major trophies in the Europa League and the EFL Cup.
Mourinho’s success in cup competitions and qualifying for the Champions League helped ease the pressure on his shoulders after a disappointing Premier League campaign.
The Red Devils have started this season fantastically well and have been going toe to toe with Pep’s City.
However, Neville believes there’s more pressure on Guardiola than Mourinho despite both clubs aiming for the title in this year’s edition of the Premier League.
According to Manchester Evening News he said: “Without the shadow of a doubt Pep Guardiola [has more pressure].
I think one he didn’t win a trophy last season and second if you invest that much money into a manager and if he went empty handed this season and there’s no trophy in the cabinet, it will be a massive failure for Pep and Manchester City.
Manchester United actually had a fantastic last season, they won the League Cup, the Europa League and got back into the Champions League.
Two trophies give Jose a little bit of breathing space this season and maybe next season but I think with Pep, it is this season or nothing.
I don’t think the Abu Dhabi owners, after investing so much money, will expect anything less.”
Manchester City’s owners are chasing after the club’s first Premier League title win since the 2013-14 season and will surely be losing their patience.
The title has since been won by Chelsea twice and Leicester City shocking the world once back in the 2015-16 season.
Although Manchester United last won the title just a year before Manchester City did, the board have been aware of the required rebuilding job that needs to be done after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Since the former manager’s retirement the club have won the FA cup, the EFL cup, the Community Shield and the Europa League in comparison to City winning the title and EFL cup.
While that reads fairly well for Pep’s club, the owners have been reported to be disappointed with the lack of major trophies and setbacks in the Champions League.
The board have been notorious for impatience, firing Manuel Pellegrini despite the manager’s success in winning the Premier League.
Should Jose fail to win the title this season it’s likely he’ll be given another season but should Guardiola fail, it may just be his last year in England.