‘We have re­sources to bridge Blues gap’

Manchester Evening News - - THE DERBY - By SA­MUEL LUCK­HURST

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?”

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