Guardiola develops while Mourinho expects, claims Carragher

Date published: Friday 29th December 2017 8:22

Jamie Carragher claims Pep Guardiola to be a record breaker with Jose Mourinho starting to sound like a broken record.

The former Liverpool defender believes Guardiola has transformed Manchester City into one of the most entertaining sides in the world.

Speaking on his column for The Guardian, Carragher has listed a number of factors at why City are now superior in England.

“If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title,” he said. “Where Mourinho sees players unable to execute his tactical blueprint, I believe Guardiola would have taken a different approach with a squad Mourinho needs reinforcing.

“Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku delivered elsewhere prior to moving to Old Trafford. Have they improved under Mourinho? That’s the troubling question for the United manager.

“It’s starting to sound like he has no patience or will to make what he has better.”

Carragher believes Guardiola has shown a more positive relationship with his players compared to the United boss and has used the likes of David Silva and Fabian Delph to define this.

“City are ahead this season because Guardiola has developed players rather than expected ready-made talent to instantly deliver. Mourinho has increasingly come to rely on more experienced, established performers.

“If you want to evolve a club or team, you don’t call Mourinho.”

During his first spell at Chelsea, Mourinho developed the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard into legends at the club as well as turning an average striker in Didier Drogba into one of the most deadliest in the world.

Although City had the financial power when Guardiola arrived at the club, Carragher believes the manager has had a significant impact on players already there.

He said: “Silva has been revitalised with a change of position in central midfield. Would Delph or Nicolas Otamendi be the players are if they are under Mourinho.

“The concern for Manchester United is that Mourinho is working through his repertoire of gripes. You would normally expect this in year three or four after he has won at least one Premier League title.

“Guardiola is breaking records, Mourinho is starting to sound like a broken one.”

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