Man Utd boss Ferguson: Man City have cash to buy Messi

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson accepts Manchester City have the spending power to buy Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson accepts Manchester City have the spending power to buy Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

United face City on Tuesday in the first-leg of their Carling Cup semifinal.

Ferguson said: “They could offer Barcelona a billion pounds for Lionel Messi and it wouldn’t affect them much.

“Their fans are happy, the club is happy and Roberto Mancini is happy after his start as manager. We are in a results-driven industry and questions are asked when they aren’t right. So there are no complaints from City’s fans at the moment.

“And anything is possible with the money they’ve got – but I’m quite happy and proud of our history. We can handle anything!”