Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

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.

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.

On the eve of the new season, which starts with United's clash against Leicester, Mourinho also claimed that finishing second last season, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, was "one of the greatest achievements" of his career.

United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.

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Goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defenders Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo and midfielders Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera are all absent through injury for Friday. "It is time for me to stop thinking about the market", he said.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players". Is not an opportunity, is a match, an important match, we would prefer to have a couple more days but decision was to be first to play and that's it.

"It is hard for me to understand we finished second". I am happy with all the players at the moment'. "In Championship Manager you can just press a button".

"I'm a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season".

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