Jose Mourinho may have come out to argue that Pep Guardiola has been disposed to cash and spent more in the transfer market than him, using that as an excuse on why the former Barcelona manager is having a solo run towards his quest to win the premier league title.
However, in this analysis, Sport Intelligence looks critically at the expenses made by the two managers since their arrival to the two Manchester teams and try to justify if the claims of the Portuguese is true
Both managers arrived in 2016/2017 and below is how far they have gone with their spending.
£291.3m TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT £365.85m
6 PLAYERS BOUGHT 13
£48.55m AVERAGE SPENT PER PLAYER £28.14m
9 PLAYERS SOLD 10
£53.7m MONEY MADE THROUGH SALES £78.65m
£237.52m TOTAL NET SPEND £287.2m
12,594 MINUTES PLAYED (New Players) 15,685
24.3 years AVERAGE AGE OF NEW PLAYERS 23.5Years
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has managed funds more in buying of players, using £365.85m to buy 13 players while his friend Jose Mourinho has used £291.3m to buy only six players.
Interestingly the difference between what Guardiola spent against that of Mourinho is £74.55m. However, players like Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku came to Old Trafford for £89m and £75m respectively totaling £164m. Which is almost half of the entire sum spent by Pep Guardiola since arrival to City as at the time of this analysis.
More so, the average amount spent clearly shows that the Spaniard was being more prudent in his spending than the Portuguese manager, who has spent so much on each of the players he bought.
Despite the sums spent by both managers, Mourinho depends more on players he inherited to make his first team, while Pep Guardiola depends more on the players he bought during his arrival to make his first team. This is also a clear indication that the Spaniard had a reasonable plan in his spending.
From the table and the analysis made above, it is clear that there is no basis for Jose Mourinho to argue that he needs more money to challenge Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the premier league title.