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The Red Devils chief executive claims the club are not being left behind by the spending power of Manchester City, and highlighted the up-coming Financial Fair Play sanctions

David Gill has insisted that Manchester United can still compete in the transfer market with newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City.

United are likely to be active over the summer as they look to build a side which can wrestle the title back from City’s grasp, with Borussia Dortmund duo Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski reportedly on their radar.

The colossal wealth at Roberto Mancini’s disposal allowed him to clinch the signing of Samir Nasri from under Sir Alex Ferguson’s nose last summer, while Lille starlet Eden Hazard is believed to favour a move to the Etihad Stadium over Old Trafford.

Gill, however, has dismissed suggestions that the club can no longer compete, telling MUTV: "Funds are available without a doubt. We can still pay very well in terms of wages and transfer fees.
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"Clearly City have raised the bar. We have seen that with what they are prepared to pay for players and to them.

"But we need to move on. Financial Fair Play is just around the corner.

"It is a flagship programme for Michel Platini and how that is implemented and the sanctions that are imposed are going to be interesting."