Did Jose Mourinho Aim A Dig At Manchester United Board With His Latest Comments?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is 18 months into the top job at Old Trafford but is said to be frustrated with things behind the scenes. The Portuguese is believed to want a change in the attitude from top brass at United. And Mourinho has aimed a subtle dig at United’s board following his side’s 2-2 draw against Burnley on Boxing Day.

Substitute Jesse Lingard scored the equaliser in the stoppage time but United fell 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who travel to St.James’ Park to face Newcastle United on Thursday. Speaking after the game, Mourinho pointed towards the way Pep Guardiola secured all of his transfer targets with ease over the summer with the supreme financial backing of the Manchester City board.

Guardiola’s City, who are running away with the Premier League at the moment, bought three defenders – Kyle Walker from Tottenham, Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco and Danilo from Real Madrid – as part of a summer spending that topped £200m.

The problems go even deeper than that. Since the arrival of both managers, City have made 17 new signings and United just 7. There is a clear-cut difference in the individual quality of the players and overall excellence in both the Manchester clubs’ squads.

Speaking after the Burnley game, Mourinho stated:

“[Spending £300m] is not enough. “The price for the big clubs is different than for the other clubs. The big historical clubs are normally punished in the market because of that history.

“The boys are doing what they can and they are doing fine. When you tell a club like Man Utd, do you think Milan is not as big as us? You think Real Madrid are not as big as we are?” added the United manager.

“I know what a big club is. One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team. They are two different things.

“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 the responsibility to win it. Chelsea doesn’t have the responsibility to win it. When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club.”

What’s your take on this? Do you think Jose Mourinho is right with his comments?