Despite having spent over £300million since his appointment at Old Trafford just over 18 months ago, Mourinho claimed earlier this week that he required further funds in order to transform United into title contenders.
Mourinho’s side currently trail City by 15 points with Guardiola having masterminded a record breaking run of 18 consecutive wins and Carragher believes the former Chelsea boss, who on Friday accused Jurgen Klopp of hypocrisy following his £75m purchase of Virgil van Dijk, is beginning to sound like a broken record.
‘If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title,’ former Liverpool defender Carragher wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.
‘Even now, it is the United squad that has the most expensive ‘superstars’ – or certainly those with the greater reputation when they joined the club.
‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pogba and Lukaku delivered elsewhere prior to moving to Old Trafford. Have they improved under Mourinho? That is the troubling question for the United manager. It is starting to sound like he has no patience or will to make what he has better.
‘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.
‘Guardiola is breaking records. Mourinho is starting to sound like a broken one.’