Jose Mourinho demanded Manchester United release further millions in a bid to compete with Manchester City.
United’s title challenge has evaporated this month after dropping seven points in five Premier League games.
Mourinho implored Ed Woodward to give him more cash despite being afforded nearly £300million over 18 months. Three of his lavish signings – Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku – all started Saturday’s draw against Burnley.
Jose Mourinho demanded Manchester United release further millions to compete with City
‘It is not enough, it is not enough,’ the United manager said of the money spent since he took over. ‘Manchester City buy full backs for the price of the strikers.’
Mourinho then suggested United’s illustrious history is being used against them and claimed his squad are not equipped to win the league.
‘The price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs,’ he added.
‘The big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for their history. When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club.
‘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.
‘When you speak about responsibilities to win the Premier League, Tottenham does not have that responsibility because they are 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.’
Mourinho said in August that he felt United were candidates to lift their first title since 2013 this season but dismissed suggestions that two wins in six means they are under-performing.
‘The boys are doing what they can and they are doing fine,’ he added. ‘You say seven points from 15, I say last two matches we had 15 chances to score and we conceded three “S” [s***] goals and an amazing free-kick.
‘They are trying hard with the problems and injuries we have. I am not happy with the result but I am happy with my players.’
Jesse Lingard’s second-half brace cancelled out goals by Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour. Burnley have now picked up results at Old Trafford, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool this season.
‘The only frustration, a couple of decisions went against us,’ Sean Dyche said. ‘They have only lost once here this season – you have to remind yourself of those facts.
‘You have to look at the people they brought off the bench. We want to improve on last season and there are clear signs of that.’