Pep Guardiola has insisted that Manchester United would be unable to buy any of his star players as they do not have enough funds.
Pep Guardiola says that Manchester United failed to sign any Bayern Munich players over the summer because they couldn't afford them.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of a Champions League tie against United's near-neighbours, Manchester City, Guardiola made the comment which is sure to aggravate Red Devils fans.
Louis van Gaal's side spent over £150 million on new signings this summer, but the former Barcelona boss is adamant that they still don't have enough money to buy any of his side's key players.
"They [United] didn't have enough money," The Daily Mail quoted him as saying. "I saw they spent a lot of money. It’s good for my friend Louis. It’s part of the game.
"All of the clubs in the world want the players of anther club. It depends on the player. If the player wants to play he will play. If he wants to stay he will stay."
United's strongest link to a Bayern Munich player this summer was with Thomas Muller.
The German international admitted the other week that there had been contact from United about acquiring his services, but no deal materialised.
Van Gaal and Muller have linked up before, but according to Guardiola the price-tag he has put on Muller would be too high for the Dutch manager.
Whether that would prove to be true remains to be seen, though. United appear to be intent on spending big money over the next few transfer windows to improve the squad, as they look to return to greatness.
United slumped to a seventh-place finish last year and they are desperate to return to the Champions League as soon as possible, meaning a major recruitment drive was needed.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin Strootman are also being heavily linked to be making impeding transfers to Old Trafford, but it appears any deal for a Bayern star would be some way off.