United needs City sanctions to win Premier League, claims Mourinho

Jose Mourinho warned Manchester United's league trophy drought could continue unless Manchester City's spending is reined in.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola (R).   -  Getty Images

Manchester United faces a wait for the Premier League title if rival Manchester City continues to spend, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

United has not won the league since 2012-13 and Mourinho's side is already eighth and 18 points adrift of reigning champion City after 15 matches this season.

The Red Devils, who are winless in their past four Premier League matches, finished 19 points behind City last term and Mourinho warned the club's trophy drought could continue unless City's spending is reined in.

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"I don't know," Mourinho said when asked how long it would be before United won the Premier League again.

"It depends on our evolution but also others' evolution. If the ones above us keep going in the 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," he 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," Mourinho added on the likelihood of City being punished.

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Liverpool has not won a league title since 1990 and when asked if he could see United facing a similar drought, Mourinho replied: "I don't know what happened in Liverpool. I just know the numbers but I don't know why."

United, which played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday, welcomes Fulham to Old Trafford on Saturday.

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