Jose Mourinho has said Manchester United will struggle to compete with Manchester City in the future if Pep Guardiola’s side continue to spend heavily in the transfer market.
Mourinho will be charged with bridging the gap next season. But the 55-year-old insists that will be difficult unless City’s Abu Dhabi owners put away the chequebook.
“The reality is that some clubs, they were ready to win,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.
“They were ready to win. You know what I mean? Other clubs are not ready to win. One thing is to go for the jugular and another is to build a different process.
“If the clubs are in a better situation than us stop investing and we invest, we are side to side. If they keep investing the same or more than us, it’s difficult. It’s as simple as that. It’s difficult.”
Mourinho’s team that was knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla on Tuesday included just four of his own signings. And he hinted that two of those — Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic — are the only players in his squad who have met his high standards this season.
He said: “You cannot expect me to say ‘this and that player, they have to do better.’
“You cannot expect me to say. I prefer to say that Matic and Lukaku are performing at a high level from day one until the last match, I cannot tell you the ones that are not performing. I cannot tell you before a Champions League match.”