Jose Mourinho has told executive vice chairman Ed Woodward he needs more money to compete with Manchester City and insists Manchester United do not have a team to match their “big club” reputation.
He told a news conference: “I know what is a big club.
“One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team. They are different things.
“When you say a club like Manchester United, do you think Milan is not as big as us? You think they are not as big as we are? Do you think Real Madrid are not as big as we are? You think Inter Milan is not as big as we are? There are many big clubs.
“So when you speak about responsibilities to win the Premier League, Tottenham does not have that responsibility?
“Tottenham is not a club with the same history as us, Arsenal doesn’t have the responsibility to win it, Chelsea doesn’t have the responsibility to win it?
“We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team you know is not one of the best teams in the world.
“Manchester City buy the full-backs for the price of the strikers, so when you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club.”
He added: “It is not enough, is not enough. And the price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs, so the big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for that history.
“So the boys are doing what they can and they are doing fine.”
He added: “I say the last two matches we had 15 chances to score and we concede three ‘S’ goals and an amazing free kick, so the boys do what they can, they are trying hard with the problems and injuries we have.
“I am not happy with the result, and against Leicester, but I am happy with my players.”
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