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Jose Mourinho is unhappy with City's spending .

Jamie Carragher has made a huge claim about Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola

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There's just no stopping Manchester City this season.

Pep Guardiola's side remain unbeaten over halfway into the Premier League term, winning an extraordinary 18 games in a row.

Not only is their current form remarkable, it's clear that the Catalan has built something truly special at the Etihad - with a little help, of course, from the £406million he has spent since he took charge in 2016.

The football they play is a delight to watch and some players, most notably Raheem Sterling, have come on leaps and bounds under Guardiola.

So, it would be unfair to suggest their success is down to money alone.

That hasn't stopped Jose Mourinho from trying to do just that, however, lamenting to reporters after United's 2-2 draw with Burnley that the measly £300m he has splashed out is "not enough".

Not many people are buying that argument, and Jamie Carragher certainly isn't.

Writing in the Telegraph, the former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit explained:

"If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title.

"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?

"Was Ederson considered better than David De Gea? Were City’s centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones preferable to Eric Bailly and Phil Jones? Did United fans want Fernandinho or Nemanja Matic?

United have spent big

"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?"

Having gone on to compare the respective values of Luke Shaw and Gabriel Jesus, Anthony Martial and Leroy Sane, Carragher added:

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"If Mourinho was coaching the Manchester City side they would not be playing the style of football we are seeing today.

"If there is a symbol of that look no further than Kevin De Bruyne, a player Mourinho coached at Chelsea but then sold...It is hard to believe Guardiola would have managed De Bruyne on a daily basis at a young age and not seen what he might become."

All very valid points and plenty of fans have found themselves agreeing: 

Carragher almost certainly won't be the last to criticise Mourinho this season, as despite his own expenditure, there is quite clearly a huge gulf developing between the two Manchester clubs.

Do you think United would win the league with Guardiola? Have your say in the comments.

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