Jamie Carragher suggests that Pep Guardiola would guide Manchester United to the Premier League title with their current squad.
Jose Mourinho’s Reds are sitting third in the league after a woeful month of December that has seen them without a win in four games.
Former-Liverpool and England centre-back Carragher believes Guardiola, in charge of high-flying Manchester City who are on a sensational winning streak and sit 15 points ahead of Man United, would be doing a far better job at Old Trafford.
Mourinho has recently been making comparisons between his spending at United and Guardiola’s at Man City. Carragher believes that claim is irrelevant.
“There is a flaw in Jose Mourinho’s argument that the difference between Manchester United and Manchester City is money,” the Sky Sports man told The Daily Telegraph.
“If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title,” Carragher asserted.
“Rewind to the start of this season and assess the head-to-head qualities of the United and City squads. Player-for-player, which would you argue was superior?
“United broke the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba and then made Romelu Lukaku the most expensive Premier League player of last summer. Which English clubs made bigger statements of intent?
“If Mourinho was coaching the Manchester City side, they would not be playing the style of football we are seeing today.”
Carragher picked out City’s star player Kevin de Bruyne as an example of the difference between Mourinho and Guardiola. The Belgian was sold by Mourinho at Chelsea some years ago, moving to Wolfsburg before signing for City and coming into his own this season as one of the best players in the world.
“If there is a symbol of that look no further than Kevin De Bruyne, a player Mourinho coached at Chelsea but then sold,” Carragher said.
“Where Guardiola is delivering in the short-term with an eye on further development, Mourinho is now about the instant hit.
“Players who may excel in two or three years’ time do not seem to be of interest as he rarely hangs around at a club to reap the benefits of their progress.”