With City having over seven first team players ruled out for the 1-1 draw against Burnley last Saturday, Guardiola named only six players on the substitute bench for the game - and that made Garry Neville to refer to the City boss as a ‘joke.’

Though the City U-23 team had a match on Friday night, the former United defender argued that Guardiola should have featured a youth team player on the bench on Saturday.

Neville claimed the academy manager would have felt he was wasting his time at the club.

And at his pre-match conference for the tie against Leicester City, Guardiola said he chose not to name an academy player as his seventh substitute at the Turf Moor because City Under-23 had a game the previous night and he never wanted to upset their plans.

Guardiola said Neville should know about his decision because he was a manager for “a short time”, a reference to Neville’s four months spell at Valencia.

Guardiola said: “This guy {Neville}, the pundit, he has to know my job is serious, it’s not a joke, never is it a joke.

“It’s so serious, and he should know that because he was a manager for a short time.”

Neville has been at the centre of some funny commentaries recently – the 42-year-old last week also said that Karius was at fault as the Liverpool keeper should have done more to save the Wanyama’s strike in Liverpool 2-2 draw at Anfield last Sunday

But what a clap back from Pep! How that lasts is left to be seen.

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Jamie Carragher has asserted that the disparity between Manchester United and rival, Manchester City has nothing to do with money.

Jose Mourinho last week argued that United need to spend more so as to be able to compete with City who were then 15 points ahead of his team. (a win or draw for City tomorrow could further extend the gap).

At his post-match press conference after the 2-2 draw against Burnley, the former Chelsea boss lamented how City’s spending spree had given them edge over his side.

And when he was reminded about his spending at United, he argued that United needed to spend more.

But Carragher has quashed such notion – saying the current crop of United player would fared better under Guardiola.

The former Liverpool noted that the gap between the two sides had more to do with the abilities of the two managers than the money spent.

“There is a flaw in Jose Mourinho’s argument that the difference between the Manchester United and Manchester City is money,” Carragher wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

“If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title.

“Rewind to the start of this season and assess the head-to-head qualities of the United and City squads, player-for-player which would you argue was superior?”

“Was Ederson considered better than David De Gea? Were City’s centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones preferable to Eric Bailly and Phil Jones? Did United fans want Fernandinho or Nemanja Matic?

“… How many United or England fans would have swapped Marcus Rashford for Raheem Sterling a year ago?...”

Carragher maintained that Mourinho would not have gotten the best out of same City squad that’s under Guardiola.

According to him, Mourinho’s failure to get the best out of the squad under him at United, meant he would not have done anything good at City.

He added: “If Mourinho was coaching the Manchester City side they would not be playing the style of football we are seeing today. If there is a symbol of that look no further than Kevin De Bruyne, a player Mourinho coached at Chelsea but then sold.

“Where Guardiola is delivering in the short-term with an eye on further development, Mourinho is now about instant hit.

“Players who may excel in two or three years time do not seem to be of interest as he rarely hangs around club at a club to reap the benefit of their progress.


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