Jose Mourinho has confirmed he rejected a chance to join the Chinese Super League, with players joining China for the big money offers.
Oscar and Tevez are among the big stars that have moves to the far east, with the money offered hard to resist.
Mourinho is also among the high profile people to have rejected a move to China and will not criticise those who have joined the Asian league.
He told GQ: “I have already refused a big offer to go to China, but I don’t criticise anyone who decides to do it.
“It’s their choice, their life. Only they can decide what they need for their future. Other managers in the Premier League have been critical, but I am no critic.
“I am worried, because they can offer contracts that are impossible to offer in Europe. But in the end the player who wants to go is a player that maybe you don’t want to keep.
“Imagine the guy who is 24 or 25, and he wants to go? At 24, or 25? OK, goodbye, be happy… The player who is 31 or 32, and they go for a few years and then come back with a bank account full, OK.
“But when they are young and they have a chance to be in the best competitions, and they still decide to go, well maybe it is better that they go.”
Mourinho returned to management with United last summer, having spent five months away from the game on the back of his sacking at Chelsea.