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.