Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is of the opinion that he is faced with more difficulty in the transfer market now than when he was at Chelsea and more than former United coach Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Portuguese said Premier League clubs have now grown more powerful which has made procuring star players from his competitors much more difficult than it was ten years ago and by that reducing their capability just like Bayern Munich does to lesser clubs in the Bundesliga.

United took a lot out of their coffers to sign the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly during the summer transfer window, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed as a free agent.

Mourinho now suggest he would have to set his eyes on clubs outside of Premier League as the league players are now difficult to acquire.

‘I arrived at Manchester United at a difficult time,’ the 54-year-old told France Football. ‘But it was the same for David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.

‘The period which followed the departure of Sir Alex was difficult to manage for the club, and not only because of his departure.

‘It is also a new era for English football. A period where economic power has become so big that it is becoming scary for everyone. Because this economic power is not concentrated in two clubs, like in Spain, or on only one, like Germany.

‘In England, it is spread out. Of course, there are clubs more powerful than others and the expectations that go with them.

‘But here, everyone is powerful now. The scene has changed. If I want to buy a Tottenham player, I cannot. Nor a Manchester City player or a player from Arsenal’.