Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has aimed a dig at Manchester United after their success in the Carabao Cup on Sunday.
Erik ten Hag won the first trophy of his reign at Old Trafford as the Red Devils beat Newcastle 2-0 in the final at Wembley.
United remain in contention to add to their trophy haul this campaign as they are still in the FA Cup and the Europa League, while they are eight points behind Arsenal in the league table.
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But Guardiola has cheekily joked that Manchester United may need to spend more in order to win more silverware.
‘Congratulations to United,’ said Guardiola. ‘Sooner or later it should happen, shouldn’t it? Welcome.’
When asked if he considers Ten Hag’s side as challengers for more trophies, Guardiola said with a grin: ‘If they spend a little more money, yes, because they didn’t spend, isn’t it?
‘They’re in the position they normally should be.’
Despite his tongue-in-cheek comment, City manager Guardiola also praised Ten Hag for doing ‘an incredible job’ at Old Trafford.
‘I remember when we travelled to win our first Carabao Cup, everyone was so excited to do it,’ Guardiola said
‘For the staff it was new, for the players it was new. When we travelled there to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth time in a row, it was like, ‘well, it’s OK, another one, another day in the office’.
‘It’s normal that United has to be there. When I landed here, I thought United would always be there, for the history, for everything, and Erik is doing an incredible job.
‘And the players, you see how committed they are, how all together they try to do it.’