FOOTBALL: Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United board they need to spend more than Man City to close the gap, he said the board should ….

Jose Mourinho has warned his Manchester United board that he needs another summer of heavy spending if the Red Devils are to compete with Manchester City.

United crashed out of the Champions League after a humiliating defeat to Sevilla at Old Trafford on Wednesday and the FA Cup is the club’s only remaining opportunity for silverware.

Manchester City have a 16-point lead on United at the top of the Premier League table and could win the title when they host United in three weeks time at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola’s spent roughly £80m more than Mourinho since taking charge in 2016 and the self-proclaimed Special One says City have a 16-point lead on United.

‘We will try but the reality is that some clubs, they were more ready to win,’ said Mourinho. ‘One thing is to go for the jugular and another is to build in a different process.

If the clubs that are in a better situation than us and stop investing and we invest then we are side to side. ‘But if they are in a better situation and keep investing same or more, it’s difficult.’

Jose Mourinho provided a 12-minute rant in defence of his reign on Friday afternoon and said his 18 months at the club must be viewed by what he inherited.

The 55-year-old says Guardiola inherited a superior squad to the one left to him from Louis van Gaal. ‘In the last seven years Manchester City were champions twice — and if you want to say three times because they will be in a few more weeks — and they were second twice.

That’s heritage,’ said Mourinho. ‘Do you know what is also heritage? It’s that (Nicolas) Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, (David) Silva, (Raheem) Sterling, (Sergio) Aguero, they are investments from the past.

Not from the last two years.’ United take on Brighton at Old Trafford for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals and Mourinho could make a number of changes to his side that lost 2-1 to Sevilla.

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