Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds Pep Guardiola in high regard but insists he’s not on the level of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The war of words and mind games are in full swing ahead of the Manchester derby in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
United and City prepare to go head to head only weeks after United upset the odds and overcame Guardiola’s side at the Etihad.
Who is the greatest Ferguson or Guardiola?
Solskjaer knows his long term achievements pale into insignificance and cannot compare to Guardiola’s.
However, the United boss has seen this most recent debate as an opportunity to stand up for his club and ruffle the feathers of the City boss.
In an interview reported by Goal, Solskajer insists Sir Alex is still the greatest.
“You do see [Guardiola as] one of the best managers ever and you can see where he’s taken his wisdom from as well.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to Johan [Cruyff] back in the day when Jordi was here – we’re friends – and you can see similarities.”
“I must say that he’s had a big, big influence, of course.”
“Since he took over at Barcelona, I’ve admired Pep’s teams.”
“But I’ve got to say that I’ve worked under the most influential one.”