Manchester United's Jose Mourinho not confident of new signings before deadline

10 August, 2018, 16:33 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • REUTERS  Toby Melville

Unlike the big spending summers of the past, Manchester City has only made one significant move thus far in the transfer window, though they were not shy in splashing the cash in the transaction.

Mourinho warned United could face a "difficult" season if the club failed to sign new players, but he is insisting he will be content to work with the players in his squad in comments that may not reveal his true feelings after a disappointing few weeks of transfer business.

Wolves' connections to Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes were a source of complaint for their competitors as they romped to the Championship title last season.

Mourinho sounded pessimistic that he would make any last-minute signings when talking to media on Thursday.

As those players end their vacations and return to the club, perhaps the defending champions will be vulnerable early in the season as they attempt to resettle their lineup.

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The Red Devils had been linked with moves for Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng before a surprise candidate emerged in the form of Chelsea's Kurt Zouma late on Wednesday night.

But this was only a "soft" closure - with some deals still able to be completed after this deadline. Mourinho also has selection problems for the Leicester game, with Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Dalot ruled out because of injuries and Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini not considered fully fit after being given extra time off to recover from the World Cup.

Richard Scudamore, Premier League executive chairman, said: "We know there are many passionate fans of Premier League clubs right across the Middle East and North Africa, and that BeIN Sports does an excellent job making the competition available to them". I think back to back titles is an obsession for them. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.

"So it's hard for me to understand or to feel or to believe that we finished second, which I keep saying that I - and sometimes it's also hard to believe - that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues".

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