When asked about the criticism Man City get for spending big money on transfers, Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports: “Listen, Liverpool in the 70s and 80s or United under [Sir Alex] Ferguson, who spent more money?
“Was it Norwich [City] or Leicester [City]? No, the money for them is completely different. When we put here [pointing to his shirt] Etihad, people say, ‘Oh it’s overpaid’.
“But now United and Liverpool are going to get paid maybe more than us because maybe deserved because they are working well, because the CEO negotiated well, whatever happened.
“They get more and because it’s from the United States of America or another country – or the owners are – so now it’s perfect.
“So that’s why it’s not going to change, for a long time it’s not going to change, that is the reality. The only way we can change is doing well on the pitch.”
City recently confirmed the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, having triggered his release clause of around €60m. However, Haaland’s agent fees and wages are likely to take that deal to over €100m-€150m, which is why City are being criticized for it.
The Red Devils used to occasionally spend big money under Sir Alex, but it was nowhere near what the Citizens have spent to become a major power in European football.