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Pep Guardiola has nearly outspent Alex Ferguson’s entire reign at Man United  

Pep's side might be leading the Premier League by 16-points, but he's some way off matching the brilliance of Fergie

Pep Guardiola is an absolutely genius of a coach, right?

The Manchester City boss has won it all since starting out as Barcelona’s boss back in 2008 (including the treble in his first season in charge of the Catalan club) and is duly leading the Citizen’s to a very stylish Premier League title this season.

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But the man with the designer stubble has some way to go before matching a certain Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League legacy, especially considering the amount he’s spent at City since taking the helm.

In fact, in the 18 months he’s been in the City hotseat, Pep has spent a staggering £448million on new players – including £282m on defenders which includes the £57m splashed out in January on club-record signing Aymeric Laporte.

Loves to splash the cash, this guy

Loves to splash the cash, this guy

What’s more, Guardiola is now about £100m short of outspending Ferguson’s entire reign at Man United.

When you consider the Scot was United boss for 26 years – compared to Pep’s 18 month stint – that’s pretty incredible.

Since joining the club from Bayern Munich in 2016, Guardiola has bought the likes of John Stones (£50m), Benjamin Mendy (£52m), Leroy Sane (£45m), Ederson (£36m) and Gabriel Jesus (£28m).

In contrast, the most Fergie ever spent was £30-odd million on Dimitar Berbatov, along with the major signings of Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and, umm, Anderson.

Some legacy

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Some legacy

But he also won 38 trophies at Old Trafford, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles.

Something to aim for, Pep.

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