Klopp and Guardiola’s first three in the Premier League after Manchester United warned that they’re still “years away” from the top.
Manchester United is in disarray once again after losing to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
United will now be certain to complete the season without a trophy for the fifth straight season, unless they can salvage their season with a top-four result.
After the game, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand gave a frank assessment of United’s difficulties on live, only minutes after watching their former team slump out of Europe.
And, even if they get the ideal manager in the summer, Scholes believes United are still years away from challenging Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
After slamming United’s interim boss, Ralf Rangnick, Scholes told BT Sport: “It’ll be three or four years now before you challenge. With Liverpool and City, you could see them coming, you knew they were getting better, you knew they’d start challenging for a league title.”
And he warned the Old Trafford hierarchy there there’s no margin for error in the summer when they finally decide on a permanent successor for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He added: “We haven’t had that for eight, 10 years since Sir Alex went. There’s no sign of it actually coming, if anything it feels like we’re going in the opposite direction. The next manager might not be the right man, but people behind the scenes have got to make sure it is the right man.”
Klopp and Guardiola’s achievements in the Premier League for first three years.
Klopp and Guardiola’s achievements
Klopp arrived at Anfield back in 2015 at a time when the Reds were on their knees.
He was identified as the perfect boss to jolt some life back into Liverpool – but even he struggled to get to grips with the plethora of problems that welcomed him to Merseyside.
The Reds recorded an eighth-placed finish in the months after Klopp’s arrival, although he did manage to guide them to the finals of the League Cup and the Europa League.
Klopp was ruthless in the transfer market in his to overhaul an underperforming playing squad – and it was an approach that paid dividends as Liverpool clinched the final Champions League berth on the final day of the season.
Klopp couldn’t better that finish next term, with Liverpool forced to settle for a fourth-placed finish again.
But the foundations of a championship-winning side were slowly starting to come together with the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold and the big-money signing of Virgil van Dijk.
Accolades – League Cup runner-up, Europa League runner-up
Unlike Klopp, Guardiola arrived at the Etihad back in 2016 with the foundations already in place for Manchester City to dominate the Premier League.
But that didn’t stop the former Barcelona schemer from enduring a torrid maiden season in England, with Guardiola failing to win a trophy for the first time in his managerial career.
After making some astute signings, including Ederson and Bernardo Silva, City romped to their first league title under Guardiola – racking up a record-breaking 100 points in the process.
Pep went one better the following year by clinching a history-making domestic treble for City. As well as retaining their Premier League crown, Guardiola’s side also lifted the Community Shield and the League Cup to cap a stunning hat-trick of trophies.
Accolades – 2x Premier League titles, 1x Community Shield, 1x League Cup