Jose Mourinho 'not confident' of deadline day signings

Silvia Morton
August 11, 2018

The Red Devils are set for another disappointing season unless they show a significant improvement on the pitch, but even then it is extremely unlikely that they will dethrone their noisy neighbours Manchester City.

A man now on the books of MLS side D.C. United said: "I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right".

United could come up against Maguire tomorrow night when they host the Foxes at Old Trafford in the opening Premier League game of the season (8pm). To improve is not about points or statistics, sometimes you play better and don't win.

"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time".

"We didn't have much money this year, that's the truth after last summer", he explained in his pre-match press conference.

Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline.

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We got the Champions League and that was a success, but we can only improve two more places without being champions. They didn't lose any players and they brought in [Riyad] Mahrez.

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When asked whether he expected to welcome a fresh additions to his United squad, Mourinho offered these comments: "The information I have is no". "That is my experience at Barcelona and Bayern Munich".

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Jerome Boateng was another option but Bayern Munich have not been keen to sanction a loan move.

Manchester United have been hit by injuries throughout the pre-season tour of the United States and there are plenty of first-team stars that have only just returned from their holidays due to exploits in the World Cup this summer.

Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available. "Raheem and Kevin had three weeks off after the World Cup, not too much time but both arrive ideal".

"They return on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.

'Its hard for me to believe we finished second. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane. 'When I listen, when I read, it's hard to believe we finished second because you are capable of making people who finish second (sound like we) were relegated.

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