‘We have resources to bridge Blues gap’
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer has no intention of becoming the latest United manager to bemoan City’s spending power.
The Reds have spent £833.6m since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but have failed to compete for the league title, while the Blues have won three of the last six championships.
City have spent well over £1bn since Sheikh Mansour completed his takeover in 2008 and collected nine major trophies.
David Moyes infamously said after United’s 3-0 home hammering by City in March 2014: “We’ve played a very good side and it’s the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to at this moment in time.”
Jose Mourinho complained last season ‘for some reason they can do this and other [clubs] cannot – which is: ‘I need a right-back and a leftback, send away the ones you have and buy four at the same time.’
City discarded Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy in the 2017 summer window and bought Benjamin
Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo for a combined £128.5m.
Mourinho also felt constrained by a de facto budget at United and M.E.N. Sport revealed he told friends he was ‘fed up of competing with a state’ – a reference to the Abu Dhabi United Group that owns City.
Solskjaer disagreed with his predecessors over the idea United could not compete with City’s resources ahead of today’s game at the Etihad.
He said: “Don’t agree. What are you gonna do? Are you gonna give up? Not challenge them? That’s what we’ve got to get back to. You can’t argue we’re too far behind, but it’s a chance for us now to challenge them and bridge that gap a little bit.
“So we’re going there to win, we’re going there to get a result, even though we know it’s going to be difficult.
“As a club, the size of our club, we’re going to have to bridge that gap and our aim is to go past the teams above us. And I believe at Man United that’s what we have to aim for, that’s we have to go for and that’s what we have to believe in.
“Because we do have the resources to do it, we do have the people to do it, so why not?”