Ex-Man City Star Backs Guardiola to Stick Around for the Long-Term Compared to Short-Term Mourinho

Jamie Spencer

Former Manchester City player Trevor Sinclair has backed Pep Guardiola to remain at the Etihad Stadium well beyond the three years of his current contract, due to expire in 2019, and have a long-term impact at the club in a way that's different to the approach at Manchester United he sees as being increasingly short-term.

"Everyone thinks [Guardiola] is coming here for three years. For me, it's going to be a lot longer at Manchester City," Sinclair said as part of 'The Boots are Off' campaign for Betsafe ahead of this week's eagerly anticipated Manchester derby.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

"I think he's looking at the longer term. I think over [at Old Trafford] with Mr Woodward, he wants everything 'yesterday', it's not going to happen.

"And [United] are going to have to fight their way back like Liverpool are doing from the 1980s, they're starting to morph into Liverpool in my opinion. But you look at what Pep is doing at Manchester City and he's building for the future."

Sinclair went on to question Mourinho's use of young players, commenting that Marcus Rashford hasn't played enough this season after bursting onto the scene so spectacularly.

"You look at two managers who've come into both Manchester clubs in the summer and you look at some of the players at both clubs. Rashford, on fire last year, obviously disappointed at Euro 2016 because he didn't play enough, but has hardly featured this season. That's a shame for me," Sinclair said.

That is where the retired ex-England winger sees a difference across town with Guardiola.


"To bring in a player at 34, 35 (Zlatan Ibrahimovic), who's been a great addition to the Premier League, is that the Manchester United way? Because that's not the future, that's short-termism," he further said of Mourinho's long standing preferences for older pros.

"With Jose, he knows how to deal with 'seasoned' players.

"Pep wants to do it through the Etihad Campus. He wants to bring players from Manchester through the Etihad Campus and make them successful, and that's why he's not going to be there for three years, he'll be there for longer."

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