Guardiola aims cheeky jibe at Manchester United after Carabao Cup triumph

Football Guardiola aims cheeky jibe at Manchester United after Carabao Cup triumph

Kiplagat Sang • 11:05 - 28.02.2023

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has aimed a jibe at Manchester United after winning the Carabao Cup.

Manchester United ended a six-year trophy drought after beating Newcastle United 2-0 on Sunday, and Pep Guardiola, who has won nine major trophies in a timeframe similar to United’s long wait stated their neighbours need to spend more in order to become serious title challengers.

"Congratulations to United for the Carabao Cup and to Newcastle as well – the game was entertaining. Sooner or later, it should happen, shouldn’t it? It should happen. Welcome. If they spend a little more money, yes! It’s because they didn’t spend, isn’t it?

It's normal, they're in the position they normally should be. The reality is that two teams, Liverpool and ourselves, have done incredibly well in the numbers. When I landed here, I thought United would always be there - for the history, for everything, and Erik [ten Hag] is doing an incredible job.

It's normal. United have to be there. Always having been opponents, we were better in the previous seasons, and now it’s closer. Anything can happen in the Premier League," Guardiola said in a press conference, as per Sky Sports.

Critics have always placed a caveat - by pointing out how much the club have spent on players -when discussing Guardiola’s success at Manchester City.

After his tongue-in-cheek comment against the Red Devils, Guardiola who has guided the Citizens to four League Cup wins – recalled the feeling in his camp when they first won the Carabao Cup under his reign.

"I remember when we travelled to win our first Carabao Cup and everyone was so excited to do it. For the staff, it was new, for the players, it was new.

The fourth time we travelled there to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth time in a row, it was, ‘Well, it’s OK, another one, another day in the office’," the Spaniard added.

Manchester City will travel to Bristol City for a fifth-round FA Cup tie on Tuesday 28 February.