Whelan claims he would love to be in the Blues' position right now and says too many people within footballing circles are simply jealous of the club and their Eastlands empire.
Whelan, whose club face Roberto Mancini's side today, told the Manchester Evening News: "People who keep saying what City are doing is not good for football would do exactly the same if they were in City's boots.
"Don't tell me they wouldn't be splashing the cash, buying top players - I know I certainly would.
"I also wish we at Wigan Athletic were in the fortunate position of having a very wealthy backer from the Middle East pumping millions into the club.
"Don't forget it's all City's money, so they are entitled to spend it how they want and good luck to them, I say. They have become incredibly wealthy.
"People have also been saying it's not right for just one club to become so powerful - the same thing used to be said of Chelsea not so long ago, but that's now fading.
"Everybody seems to want to have a pop at City. There's so much jealousy around. Those who are knocking City would give anything to be in the same position and have the same kind of opportunities."