Chris Smalling has insisted his Manchester United team mates don’t care about Pep Guardiola taking over at Manchester City at the end of the season.
Man City confirmed on the last day of the January transfer window that the Spaniard will be replacing Manuel Pellegrini with a three-year deal.
Reports suggested the Bayern boss would take his ‘dream job‘ at Old Trafford but no interest was shown to interrupt the deal with City.
Speaking about the appointment, Smalling said it had no impact on Man United’s players and that it was a good thing for the Premier League.
“We don’t care really, in that whoever is managing City, or coming and going, it doesn’t really affect us,” Smalling said.
“City are always going to have a top manager, as are we, so it doesn’t affect us too much.
“It’s good to see that the best players and the best coaches want to work in England, so I welcome that.”
While Guardiola’s arrival might not bother United’s players, they’ll certainly be sitting up and paying attention to what is going on over there because they are no longer the noisy neighbours.
What United do in the next six months is going to be crucial in making sure the club is prepared and ready to match them. Whether that means replacing Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho soon or in the summer remains to be seen but the landscape of Manchester is certainly changing and United need to react.