Jose Mourinho says Manchester United is being hampered by its own illustrious history, adding that £300 million in transfers is not enough to build a team capable of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title.
The Portuguese boss’ club procured only a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday – the latest in a string of less-than-satisfactory results for the Red Devils, who now sit 12 points behind City at the top of the Premier League table, with an additional match now played.
This latest draw means United has only taken eight points from the last possible 15, something reporters brought up in the post-match conference. In response, Mourinho offered that it is United’s “big club” reputation that heightens – and hastens – expectations.
“We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that you know is not one of the best teams in the world,” Mourinho said, according to Simon Stone of BBC Sport.
“When you speak about responsibilities to win the Premier League, Tottenham doesn’t have that responsibility because they are not a club with the same history as us. Arsenal doesn’t have that responsibility to win it. Chelsea doesn’t have the responsibility to win it.”
Mourinho added that his club also can’t compete financially with some of the league’s heavy hitters, not just because of resources, but due to the fees placed on players when big clubs come knocking.
“Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers. When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club,” he said.
When questioned about the £300 million paid for his current team, he offered: “OK, it is not enough. The price for the big clubs is different than for the other clubs. The big historical clubs, they are normally punished in the market because of that history.”