Asked for his thoughts about his rivals surging past them in the Barclays Premier League, the Manchester City boss said:
‘Not impressed, no, because I think Louis van Gaal has a career as a manager where his teams are always offensive teams, teams that win titles everywhere.
‘United bought a lot of very good players such as Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Daley Blind.
‘For me, the strange thing was why they didn’t do it before, earlier in the season.
‘But it’s not a surprise how they are playing in this moment.’
Tough talking words from a manager whose side is in the midst of a dreadful run of form. City have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions and have not won away since mid-February. That run has seen them slide off Chelsea’s shoulder at the top of the league and down to fourth place.
A nightmare scenario for City fans is a derby defeat and Liverpool beat Newcastle at Anfield. That would leave the Premier League champions only four points ahead of Brendan Rodgers side with seven games to go.