Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea have the advantage as the Blues will host the Red Devils in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Monday night.
Until recently, United were involved in all four competitions while Chelsea had since lost out of the EFL Cup and missed out on Europe.
“The most difficult thing to have is time to work, and they have time to work,” Mourinho said when asked how hard it is to win the league in your first season.
“I know that he said a couple of days ago or a couple of weeks ago that it’s not his fault that they are not in the European competitions.
“It’s my fault and the players’ fault, but the reality is that he got in his hands a situation where they have time to work, time to rest, time to relax, time to disconnect, time to travel, time to have holidays, time to go to America and enjoy America for a couple of days.
“They have time for all of these things, so they are in a position of privilege — the same privilege that Liverpool had a couple of years ago and they almost won the Premier League — but I don’t want to say that they don’t deserve credit for it.
“They choose a certain style of play that I think is very adapted to the qualities of these players.
“They defend a lot and well, and they counter-attack and kill opponents on the counter-attack similar to my Chelsea.
“But the difference is they play with five at the back and I played four at the back, but the same criteria: a very strong team to defend and a team that kills on the counter-attack, and they are doing very, very well and that is why they are going to be champions easily.”