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5 reasons why Jose Mourinho should never complain about Manchester City spending

Manchester boss Jose Mourinho has been in the new for the past few days for one reason; claiming Manchester City have bought their way to the title by buying defenders for the price of striker.

He was speaking after seeing his side slump to a 2 - 2 draw against Burnley; leaving them 12 points behind Pep Guardiola's side, who has a game in hand which they also won against Newcastle.

Despite spending close to £300million since taking over, the Portuguese claimed: "We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that is not one of the best teams in the world.

"Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers. When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club."

When it was pointed out United have spent roughly £300m since Mourinho took charge, the Portuguese boss replied: "OK... it is not enough."

The Sun has now brought out five basic facts that prove that no only is Mourinho a wayward spender, he is not smarter than Pep Guardiola when he comes to splashing the cash.

1. Average spent per player
Mourinho got one thing right; United have indeed spent less than Man City but the actual difference in the past two seasons - since the two bosses both took over at their respective clubs - is just £74.55m.

If net spend is taken into consideration - total spent minus players sold - City have spent just under £50m more.
City have signed 13 players to United's six though as Mourinho signings average £48.55m compared to just £28.14m from Guardiola.

2. Wage-bill
It was gathered that City's wage bill is only the third highest in the league.
Mourinho's men were paid a total of £20m more than Guardiola's for 2016-17, at a combined £264m, compared to City's £244m.

3. The total spent on one single player
Mourinho signed Paul Pogba for a then-record £89m with agent Mino Raiola paid a further £20m to sweeten the deal.
Mourinho also splashed £75m to bring in Romelu Lukaku from Everton meanwhile, City's biggest purchase was the £49.3m deal to land Benjamin Mendy from Monaco. Wile over £40m was spent on Kyle Walker, John Stones and Bernardo Silva, they've not once even surpassed £50m, let alone nearly £90m.

4. Use of players bought
Of players signed since 2016-17, City have seen 15,685 minutes from their 13 new signings while United have seen just 12,594.
While City may have signed twice as many players, cumulatively, Guardiola has gained over 3,000 more minutes from new blood.
This just shows that Guardiola is a wiser boss in the transfer window and knows how to spend the cash on the right type of players.

5. Average age
Despite the signings of veterans such as Claudio Bravo, the average age of the players signed by Guardiola - on the day of signing - is younger than that of Mourinho.
The average age of new buys at City is just 23.5-years-old while United's is only slightly higher, at 24.5-years-old on average.
This also shows that Guardiola is looking to the future with more success.


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