Jose Mourinho said Manchester United made huge savings in the transfer market by getting their business done before Neymar's world record move to Paris Saint-Germain triggered a global price spike.
Mourinho paid a British record fee of £75 million ($97 million, 82 million euros) for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and took his spending to over £130 million with swoops for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.
Since those deals were completed, French giants PSG have broken the world record with a £200 million move for Barcelona star Neymar.
United boss Mourinho believes if his club had waited to land their top targets they would have paid significantly increased fees as a result.
He said, "Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season, after Neymar, everything changed and changed for the worse in terms of prices."
He said Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150 million and Matic would have been £60 million or £70 million; but Neymar changed everything.
He disclosed that, if the biggest transfer in history had still been Pogba, Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho would now be in Barcelona at £101 million.