One of Jose Mourinho’s former Manchester United assistants has claimed that the Red Devils would have pipped Manchester City to the 2017/18 Premier League title if Financial Fair Play regulations had been enforced then.
City overturned a two-year ban from European football at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July, with the club cleared of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions” having initially been charged by UEFA over “serious breaches” of FFP.
The club were found guilty on one count of failing to cooperate with the investigation, and were forced to pay a fine of £8.8million.
However the reversal of the European ban was the result City most cared about, as Pep Guardiola’s side were allowed to compete in the Champions League again this season.
City have been a mainstay in European football’s premier competition since Guardiola arrived at the club in 2016, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss guiding them to the Premier League title in 2018 and 2019.
However Ricardo Formosinho, one of Mourinho’s assistants at United and also in his current role at Tottenham, is still of the opinion that City got off lightly.
“We weren’t champions, it’s true,” Formosinho told Portuguese outlet Record when he recalled his time at United wit Mourinho.
“But we won the Europa League, the League Cup, the Super Cup and, in a fight with a Manchester City, who did not fulfil, as proved later, the Financial Fair Play, we were runners-up at a time when, having sporting truth, we would’ve been champions.”
Formosinho left Spurs in August this year but still maintains a close relationship with Mourinho, who he says is still the best manager around.
“People may ask why he’s the best,” he continued.
“I answer that because he thinks faster and comes up with solutions faster.
“When talking about the growth of others at the tactical level, he goes far ahead strategically. He’s different for the better. I’d even say much better.”
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