Jose Mourinho is not confident of any new signings in this transfer window.
Manchester United are set to begin the new season tomorrow, when they take on Leicester City at home. The air around the club, however, is not convincing as the club has struggled in the transfer market. United have made only two major signings this summer, one of which is a back-up full-back.
Jose Mourinho addressed the media in the first pre-match conference before the start of the new Premier League season. He insisted that he is not confident that there will be any more ins-and-outs at the club.
“My information is no. I’m not confident, the market closes today and it’s time for me, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market. I will have to think about the players I have,” said the Manchester United manager.
“I focus just on the players we have,” Mourinho added.
Jose also informed that Romero, Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Matic will be unavailable for the first match of the season.
Jose was also asked about the availability of the players who returned late due to the World Cup. “They returned on Monday and you can imagine they aren’t yet fit and ready but we have needs. I will speak with that group after training today and see how available they feel,” said Jose.
Mourinho, however, criticised the media for hyping consistent negativity around the club. “My view first of all is that it’s difficult for me to believe we finished second when I read and listen because you are capable of making people who finished second appear that they got relegated,” Mourinho said.
“You can make teams who finished below us and won nothing look like serial winners,” he added.
The Portuguese manager believes that the 2017-18 season one of his best as a manger. “I’ve won 8 championships but I feel that finishing second last season was one of my best achievements in the game,” insisted Mourinho.
Jose stated that he is fully focused on the match against Leicester City for now. “The target is the Leicester match. The tactics can be changed in Championship Manager at the press of a button but in real life you need time to work with your players,” Jose said.