Jose Mourinho 'not confident' of deadline day signings

Hope Soto
August 11, 2018

The Premier League kicks off this evening but for Arsenal, the big match takes place on Sunday.

"I'm not confident", he said.

Jose Mourinho feels his team braved hard circumstances to get a fine start to Manchester United's 2018-19 Premier League season on Friday.

Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody has followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

United finished as runners-up last season, 19 points behind Manchester City, and Mourinho has already made it clear that his team needs more players if they are to overhaul their neighbours.

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

When asked if he was happy for City to be favourites, he said: "Since nine years I live with that situation, it's no problem".

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However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season.

Manchester United were allegedly ready to pay as much as £100m for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane before the end of the summer transfer window.

Mourinho had plenty of praise for Pogba, who is not yet at full fitness following France's World Cup win.

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.

"They returned on Monday", he said.

"The net expenditure is a record as it stands but you'd think with three weeks left for European clubs to buy Premier League players, and Premier League clubs by the looks of it not having done their selling yet, it might not stay that way". It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

Pre-season has clearly been a frustrating time for Mourinho, while a perceived lack of respect for leading his side to second spot last term has got under his skin. "If we play good and are consistent like last season, we have a chance to repeat".

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