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Ricardo Formosinho worked alongside a proven Portuguese coach at Old Trafford and has beaten the Blues for violating FFP regulations.
Manchester United would have been Premier League champions in 2017-18 if Manchester City had followed the rules, says former José Mourinho assistant Ricardo Formosinho, and the Blues have been found to have violated financial Fair Play regulations.
Pep Guardiola claimed his first English top flight crown during his second season at the Etihad Stadium.
His old adversary Mourinho had to settle for second place, with a 19-point gap separating those at the top from the rest of the chasing group.
That’s the closest United have come to regaining national dominance since Sir Alex Ferguson retired after a 13th title in 2013.
Formosinho believes that the Red Devils would have been victorious under Mourinho’s leadership if they had been competing on a level playing field, and City is seen as breaking the rules when it comes to spending money on new recruits.
“We were not champions, it is true, but we won the Europa League, the League Cup, the Super Cup and, in a fight with Manchester City, which did not fulfill, as later proved, the Financial Fair Play, we were runners-up in a moment in which, having the sports truth, we would have been champions “, said Formosinho Record.
He added about current Tottenham manager Mourinho, who has enjoyed success wherever he has been in a distinguished coaching career: “People may wonder why he is the best. I answer that because you think faster and find faster solutions.
“When you talk about the growth of others at a tactical level, you go strategically much more. It is different for the better. I’d even say it’s a lot better. “
United finished as runners-up in the Premier League with Mourinho with Romelu Lukaku leading their line at a No. 9 spot.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals in all competitions in the previous season, was still around after committing to another short-term deal, but had to recover from a serious knee injury.
Enigmatic Sweden finally left Old Trafford in March 2018, when they were heading to MLS to join the LA Galaxy, and Formosinho admits it was a huge loss for United on and off the field.
He added: “In the last year we lost a great man and locker room leader: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“He was an irreplaceable reference. We really missed him.”