Pep Guardiola has scoffed at Manchester United’s spending following their Carabao Cup victory over Newcastle United.
The Red Devils won their first trophy under new manager Erik ten Hague on Sunday evening, beating Newcastle 2-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium thanks to goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford.
Asked about United’s win ahead of City’s FA Cup clash with Bristol City, Guardiola suggested that United’s return to winning trophies is not surprising given the money spent on players. It should be.
“Congratulations to the United. It has to happen sooner or later, doesn’t it?” Guardiola said.
When asked about Man Utd becoming challengers for other trophies – namely the Premier League – Guardiola quipped: “If they spend a bit more money, yes, because they didn’t, did they?” Aren’t they? They’re in the position they should normally be.”
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“It’s normal that United have to be there. When I got here I thought United would always be there, for the history, for everything, and Eric is doing an unbelievable job. And the players. – You see how determined they are, how they all try to do it together.”
Man Utd are currently third in the Premier League table, six points behind second-placed Man City but with a game in hand on their cross-town rivals.