Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss 'not confident' of deadline day signing

10 August, 2018, 13:33 | Author: Cecil Buchanan

Any hope with which Manchester United supporters woke up on transfer deadline day has quickly been quashed by Jose Mourinho. Mahrez bolsters City´s already impressive array of attacking talent and, while Guardiola missed out on Italy midfielder Jorginho, who instead joined Chelsea, the champions´ combination of youthful swagger and world-class talent still makes them favourites to reign supreme again at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho has repeatedly expressed his desire to strengthen Manchester United's defence after they finished second in the Premier League last term.

Even though the Liverpool side that will begin their latest attempt to win a first English top flight title since 1990 against West Ham at Anfield can not be compared to the iconic teams in the club's past right now, I have rarely felt more confident in what lies ahead as a new season beckons for a Reds squad oozing with talent and depth.

"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players (back from the World Cup) because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how available they feel they".

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

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The former United man was keen to point out that Liverpool will be a challenge to reigning Champions City, but that having a "free week" due to lack of European football would be hugely beneficial to the Merseyside club's quest for a domestic title. I don't think just because they haven't signed a centre-back we should be sat here thinking "We'll let Manchester United off the hook, they shouldn't be challenging this year".

The lack of new signings will compound issues surrounding his squad for the start of the Premier League season. "They trained on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they're not really fit and ready, but we have needs", said the boss of the quartet.

"Unavailable is Romero - he had a surgery after his injury before the World Cup".

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made slightly early returns so could be involved on Friday, perhaps helping to boost the mood of a manager who has looked downbeat for much of the summer. Valencia - he was injured in pre-season. Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position previous year was one of my biggest achievements in England'.

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