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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has had more influence in English football than Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola, according to former Arsenal forward Paul Merson.

Mourinho and Guardiola go head to head this weekend in the Manchester derby and have met five times in all competitions, with with both teams winning twice and one draw.

Merson insists Guardiola needs to have consistent success in the Premier League to prove he’s on Mourinho’s level in England.

“Pep’s only just started out in this league,” Merson said.

“He’s spent a bundle of money and gone crash, bang, wallop.

“In his first season, City didn’t do anything then he spent big money on a couple of full-backs and he’s built a team in the way that he wants to play.

“They’re now irresistible.

“But what Mourinho did at Chelsea was outstanding.

“Would Pep have won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan? I’m not sure.

“They are both great managers but when Pep wins three Premier League titles then we can then start putting him alongside Mourinho.”