Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Bayern, saying it’s impossible to buy rivals’ best players in the Premier League like the German champions often do in the Bundesliga.
Bayern have made a habit of signing players from their chief title competitors Borussia Dortmund in recent seasons, a concept that may not be too foreign to longtime United fans.
But Mourinho says the increased competition in the Premier League in recent years has made the ease with which Sir Alex Ferguson brought players to Old Trafford a thing of the past.
“That is the new football. When previously you were speaking about Sir Alex Ferguson’s time, this is not Germany,” Mourinho told English newspapers in quotes published on Saturday night.
“In Germany, Bayern go to Borussia Dortmund every year and buy their best player. One day they go there and get Robert Lewandowski. The next year, they go there, Mario Gotze. The next year they go there, Mats Hummels. So they win the league in the summer.
“Do you think I can go to Tottenham and bring two Tottenham players to kill Tottenham? I cannot. I cannot go to Arsenal and bring the two best Arsenal players. I cannot go to Chelsea and bring two of the players that I love very very much. That time is over.
“That time is over so the situation of starting being champion by attacking your direct opponents in this country is over. It is over and if you get a player from these clubs, you get a player that club does not want to keep. You cannot hurt any more your direct opponents.
“Obviously Real Madrid sell who they want to sell, Barcelona sell who they want to sell, Bayern sell who they want to sell, Paris Saint-Germain sell who they want to sell. So then it is more difficult to have a very good market.”