Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United cannot compete with Chelsea in the transfer market, reports BBC.
Ferguson says he will have to sidestep any targets Chelsea identify, due to the Blues' financial stranglehold.
"I do not think we would even think about competing with Chelsea," the United boss told Century FM.
"If Chelsea go for a player we are interested in, we are not going to beat them, so there is no point even going for him."
Ferguson has seen targets Arjen Robben, Damien Duff and Michael Essien all snub Old Trafford in favour of the Roman Abramovich-backed Londoners in recent years.