Sir Alex Ferguson accused of spending more than every Premier League club during his time as Manchester United boss

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has questioned why Manchester City’s spending is judged differently.

According to Guardiola, Liverpool were the biggest spenders during their successful era of the 80s while Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson were the biggest spenders in the Premier League.

“Listen, Liverpool in the 1970s or 80s, or United with Sir Alex Ferguson – who spent more money?” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“Who spent more money? It was Norwich? Norwich spent more money in that period?

“Or what other teams… Leicester? Leicester spent more money than them? No. They spent more money than the other ones. But the money from them is completely different than now.”

Guardiola also suggested questions aren’t asked when Manchester United and Liverpool sign big sponsorship deals.

City’s agreement with the Etihad airline is thought to be worth £67.5m a year. Liverpool have an £80m-a-year deal with Standard Chartered, while United last March signed a £235m, five-year contract with TeamViewer. 

“I’ve said I’m not going to change that [perception],” added Guardiola.

“When we put here [on the front of our shirts] Etihad, people say, ‘Oh it’s overpaid’. But now United and Liverpool are going to get paid maybe more than us, because maybe (it’s) deserved because they are working well, because the CEO negotiated well, whatever happened.

“They get more and because it’s from the United States of America or another country – or the owners are – so now it’s perfect.

“So that’s why it’s not going to change, for a long time it’s not going to change, that is the reality. The only way we can change is doing well on the pitch.”