August 16, 2017
Manchester United, Manchester City spend heavily to dethrone Chelsea

Manchester United, Manchester City spend heavily to dethrone Chelsea

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Published 1:16 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2017 | Updated 9:51 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2017

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LONDON (AP) — The way Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have been spending, the Premier League trophy should be returning to Manchester in May.

In an off-season that has seen more than 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) invested in players, Manchester rivals City and United have accounted for more than a third of that spending.

It was the inevitable reaction to feeble title challenges that saw Guardiola’s City finish 15 points behind the victorious Chelsea side in third place and Mourinho’s United drift over the line nine points further adrift.

For a serial collector of trophies at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, finishing his first season in English football without a single title was an unusual feeling for Guardiola.

If the overhaul of the squad, costing more than 200 million pounds, doesn’t deliver…

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