Manchester City have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15 points when they take on Newcastle United this evening.
That opportunity is there following Manchester United’s 2-2 draw against Burnley on Saturday, a result that prompted Jose Mourinho to cause a stir by claiming the £260 million he’s spent since arriving at Old Trafford isn’t enough to compete.
“It is not enough,” Mourinho complained. “And the price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs. So the big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for that history.”
Surely Man United fans are growing tired of this routine?
Mourinho also bemoaned Pep Guardiola’s spending at Man City, saying: “Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers.”
Journalist Matt Spiro has perfectly explained just why Mourinho’s comments are off the mark.
Indeed, Man United fans would simply prefer their manager to focus on improving a team that has dropped points against Leicester and Burnley in the past five days.
Dwight Yorke has spoken to Sir Alex about Jose’ style
Much has been made about Mourinho’s defensive style and it was discussed by former Man United striker Dwight Yorke and Liverpool legend Ian Rush on beIN Sports on Saturday.
Rush harked back to the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in October, when the Red Devils sat back – they had six shots to Liverpool’s 19, and had 37 per cent of possession – and gladly left Anfield with a point.
“It looked to me as if Manchester United were happy with a draw at Liverpool, where Liverpool were obviously not at their best but I think if Manchester United took the game to Liverpool, they could have won,” Rush said.
“I think Jose Mourinho just did not want to get beat when he played at Anfield.”
What Sir Alex said about Mourinho’s tactics
Yorke then revealed what Sir Alex Ferguson thinks about Mourinho’s defensive style.
“He’s done that type of stuff as a manager throughout his career; he’s been very successful doing it this way,” Yorke said.
“I had this conversation with Sir Alex in the last week and he can’t see him changing because if you’re successful being this way, why would you want to change?”
Watch: Yorke and Rush discuss Man United
It became almost a requirement for Man United to play with flair and panache during Ferguson’s reign in charge.
It’s not a duty of Mourinho’s to carry on that trend but the performances, mixed with his salty comments, do not reflect well at a club that prides itself on being honourable and successful.