Is Jose Mourinho Complaining His Way Out Of Manchester United?

Jose Mourinho has irked members of the Manchester United hierarchy with his frequent complaints about spending at Old Trafford, according to reports.

Despite spending more than £260 million in the 18 months he has been in charged at the club, Mourinho has said that is "not enough" to challenge Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's team are 15 points ahead of United and senior figures at Old Trafford believe Mourinho is trying to pressure the club into spending with his comments, according to the Daily Mail.

United's chief executive Ed Woodward, the report says, is prepared to back the Portuguese coach with two big-money signings in the summer. The club recognizes how far behind City they have fallen and are willing to do anything to catch up.

While Mourinho's constant sparring with managers, officials and players does not go down well with senior officials at Old Trafford, they are willing to accept it for progress.

Mourinho's latest target was former United midfielder Paul Scholes, who now works as a pundit for BT Sport. "The only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise," Mourinho said. "He doesn't comment, he criticises.

"It's not Paul Pogba's fault that he makes much more money than Paul Scholes. It's just the way football is.

"I think Scholes will be in the history books as a phenomenal player, but not as a pundit."

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, December 30. Mourinho has made frequent comments about the lack of spending at Manchester United. Alex Livesey/Getty

United have progressed significantly since Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal, returning them to the Champions League and delivering three pieces of silverware last season—the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League.

But Mourinho's team hit a dip in form over the packed festive fixture list, drawing three Premier League games in a row and losing ground on City. The Portuguese coach blamed it on United's lack of finances.

"We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that is not one of the best teams in the world. Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers," he said after drawing 2-2 with Burnley.

When United's spending under Mourinho was pointed out, he said: "OK, [but] it is not enough. The price for the big clubs is different than for the other clubs."

United bounced back with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Monday (January 1) and now face Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday.