Jose Mourinho says it is vital that Uefa clamps down on Financial Fair Play infringements to level the playing field and enable Manchester United to become serious Premier League title contenders again.
Mourinho’s comments appear to be targeting rivals Manchester City, who are the subject of an ongoing investigation by European football’s governing body into alleged FFP breaches.
Uefa could ban City from next season’s Champions League in the event of discovering breaches it believes to be serious enough.
Mourinho did not mention City directly but made clear he believes that United are not currently competing on even terms at the top end of the Premier League.
The Red Devils have not won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and Mourinho acknowledged that he did not know how long it would be before they became champions again.
“I don’t know. It depends on our evolution but also the evolution of others,” he said, speaking ahead of Saturday’s home match against bottom club Fulham.
“If the ones above us keep going in same direction and if their ambition and investment is continuous, that’s one thing.Another thing is if they stop, or if the Financial Fair Play makes them stop and then we can close the gap a little bit better.”
Asked for his thoughts on the likelihood of City being penalised by Uefa forover-spending, Mourinho said: “The world is full of suggestions and I never know if they are true or not true, and that’s not my job to analyse that.”