Pep Guardiola had every right to speak about a particular Manchester club in his press conference today, his team; holders of the Bundesliga title and the German Cup are currently preparing for their opening match of this seasons UEFA Champions League against Manchester City.
But somehow the leading point that was taken from that conference, which took place this afternoon, revolved around Manchester United. Of all days to talk about Manchester United, today was probably the least appropriate. The opening day of the UEFA Champions League group should have stimulated talk about teams that were actually competing. Its well documented that Manchester United will not be playing any Champions League football this year for the first time in 19 years (Nice one, David)
The Bayern boss claimed that clubs should be more wary of the Champions League’s importance. According to Pep, the fact that Manchester United finished 7th last season has culminated in the club losing its power to buy big players.
Despite having a net spend of £122 million (which has exceeded Manchester United’s net spend significantly in comparison to the last 5 summer transfer windows) the Spaniard claimed that Manchester United, ‘didn’t have enough money’ in order to purchase any Bayern Munich players. It has been well publicised that the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben were all pursued closely by Ed Woodward and Co.
Pep Guardiola is essentially dismissing the idea that a club who shelled out £153.1 million on 5 players (Shaw, Herrera, Rojo, Di Maria and Blind) don’t have ‘enough money’ to buy players of a reasonable quality.
It’s a real testament to the size of the club if you think about it. For some reason people can’t stop talking about this ‘insignificant mid-table team’ Manchester United has absolutely no right to be talked about as much as they are, teams that are supposedly superior are being completely marginalised by the media.
Liverpool back in the Champions League after 5 years? Nobody cares.