Sky Sport pundit Alan Smith and Steve McMahon has laid comparison between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola following the recent Manchester derby last Sunday. The Old Trafford club were humbled by the Manchester city 3-1 with a huge gap of quality separating the two sides.
Guardiola side looked better than they were last season, when the won the Premier League with 100 points. Manchester city sit at the summit of the Premier league with 12 points separating them from their fellow Manchester side.
While City have spent the most money on transfers since Guardiola came to the Premier League, Manchester United are a close second and actually have a higher wage bill than their rivals and the third highest in Europe.
Manchester United failed to sign a defender last summer despite linked with a Yerry Mina, Harry Maguire and Diego Godin in the summer.
Former Arsenal player Smith believes that Jose Mourinho erred in his move to the Old Trafford, citing that he has refused to win trophies since arrival.
“He’s not the coach that he was, he doesn’t seem to be the personality that he was,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“That personality would drag players with him through a brick wall, as he did at Chelsea – Frank Lampard and John Terry still eulogise about him, his managerial powers. But he seems to have lost that.
“The contrast with Pep Guardiola is striking, when you think about Raheem Sterling and how he’s brought him on as a player.
“There’s a number of performers in that City team he has worked really hard on. They were really good to begin with, but things are happening at City that just aren’t at United.”
McMahon in opinion believes that Jose Mourinho fails to get the best out of his players unlike Pep Guardiola.
“As a coach you need to make your bad player’s average, your average player’s good players, and your good players very good players and Guardiola has that mentality,” he said.
“He has made his very good players into top, top players.
“Look at Raheem Sterling and John Stones, he has propelled them to be even better.”
McMahon was then asked if he thought that this made Mourinho a bad coach, to which he replied: “Correct. Because he is not getting the best out of what he has got.”