Jose Mourinho has said he “does not know” when Manchester United will challenge for titles again, and says it rests on whether their rivals are hit by Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, who finished 19 points ahead of second-placed United, are under investigation after alleged leaked documents claimed last month the club had inflated their sponsorship income, in order to comply with UEFA’s break-even rules.
UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has promised an outcome “very soon”, with City facing a potential ban from European competition if they are found guilty.
Mourinho has spent £360m since taking over as Manchester United manager in 2016, but has not won any admirers with his brand of football and results.
Asked on Friday when United, currently eighth in the Premier League, will challenge for the title again, Mourinho said: “I don’t know.
“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.
“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.
“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”