Manchester City


By Tom Finn

November 1, 2014

Speaking ahead of Sundays Manchester derby City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that Manchester United are no better a team now than they were last season despite having gone out and spent £151 million on new players.

During the clubs two meetings last season City won both games beating United 4-1 at the Etihad and 0-3 at Old Trafford, and Pellegrini feels that new boss Louis van Gaal and his summer signings have yet to settle in telling the Daily Mirror when asked if the signings of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw will make United a stronger opponent the Chilean said: “I think Manchester United have bought some very important players and they are in a moment where they have started with a new manager and new players and it’s not easy to start like that.

“The same thing happened with me last year, and I think they are in a similar situation now.”

Speaking about City’s transfers Pellegrini added: “I think it is very easy to explain and I suppose you already know,” said the City boss. “We have an important restriction about our budget this year. We cannot spend the money that United paid for Di Maria.

“We have an important restriction on the amount of players we can have this year and also the amount of money we can spend. It is a very easy question to answer.”

Currently City has seen a lapse in form not being able to win their last three matches and when asked if he was feeling the pressure ahead of the derby Pellegrini replied: “I don’t know what is pressure is,” he said. “You can talk about that, but it’s very difficult to analyse the season when you are only in October and you have only played nine games in the Premier League, and when you don’t know whether you are going to qualify or not in the Champions League.”