Manchester United won’t be able to compete with Manchester City even after a summer spending spree, former-England manager Glenn Hoddle believes.
Manager Jose Mourinho has recently spoken about Man United’s spending in comparison to local title rivals Man City, despite the Reds spending in excess of £300m since the Portuguese took over at Old Trafford in July 2016.
Hoddle suggested that even if United have a hugely successful summer with a number of high-profile players, almost ‘Galactico’-esque players, they still won’t match Guardiola’s City.
“I almost feel sorry for Jose Mourinho,” Hoddle wrote in his Mail on Sunday column.
“Clearly, however, you can’t feel that way for such an accomplished manager with such a big budget to spend.
“But Manchester United are way behind their neighbours. What a time to be United manager when you’re so much in the shadow of a club you’ve historically been expected to dominate.
“It is going to be tough to close that gap however much they spend. Guardiola has simply drilled his players better in a more creative system.”
For some, it does feel like City have spent their money on ‘bigger’ players while United are buying figures like Victor Lindelof. However, the signings of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic are hardly small and match those that City have made.
Hoddle suggests that Mourinho’s style of football is holding United back, not the money spent.
“What is certain is that United will be spending a huge amount in the summer to close the gap,” Hoddle claimed.
“But even if Mourinho were to have the summer of his dreams and end up with Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala, Danny Rose and Raphael Varane, he would still have considerable work to do to find a system which outguns City.
“He was set a similar problem at Real Madrid in 2010 when Guardiola’s Barcelona were in full flow.
“Maybe he thinks that he has done it once and can do it again. But he needs a new answer to a new problem.”