Manchester united boss has reaffirmed his trust in the club hierarchy to land one more player before the close of the current window despite his demand for two. The Manager have cut a frustrated figure during the Manchester united preseason outing as the Red devils failed to impress in the absence of their World cup stars.
The odds of Manchester united at 10Bet Sports to end in the top 4 is high, even as they are yet to acquire another player since the arrivals of Brazilian midfielder Fred and Portuguese teenager Dalot. This is believed to have provoked the Portuguese who reportedly made available his wish list to the club management months ago. Leicester city central defender Harry Maguire, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweired, Chelsea attacker and Inter’s Perisic have all been linked with the Manchester club, which wishes to dethrone local rivals City when the new league starts.
Asked if he was confident about landing two players before the window elapses prior to the kick-off of the new league season, Mourinho told beIN SPORTS: “No. I’m confident I’ll get one.
“I think two is not what I will get. I think in every pre-season it happens basically the same with probably every club, which the manager wants more. It is our nature and our way to always want more for your team.
“But club decisions are different. Normally you don’t get what you want which basically happened throughout my career. If I sign one player before the window closes, that’s fine.”
“More or less, I know. It’s not going to be very different,” Mourinho said when asked if he knew his best starting XI, with Nemanja Matic injured following surgery, while Antonio Valencia is also nursing a problem.
“We basically have the same players. The players we have bought one is a goalkeeper cover [Lee Grant], one is a 19-year-old kid, so in fact we have one new player which is Fred, so of course our team is not going to be very different.”
Manchester United begins their account of the 2018/2019 league season against Leicester on the 10th of August and Mourinho’s preparations seems to be affected by injuries as well as the unavailability of star players such as Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford following the World cup.
“I agree that when the season starts the transfer window closes,” said Mourinho.
“I’m not a big fan of one player starting the season with one club and then a couple of weeks later the window is open, he moves to another club and he plays against his former club – I really don’t like that.
“I agree totally with the window closing at the same time as the Premier League starts. What I don’t agree with is that the Premier League starts now.
“You look at other countries with lots of players in the World Cup they start later – Spain and Italy starts later. The Premier League could and should do that.”
Mourinho also talked about Pogba’s performance in the World cup and his role for the Manchester club in the new league season. Pogba has struggled to adapt to life at the Manchester club since his big money arrival from Juve but the Portuguese born tactician is hoping the France international gets it right.
“The World Cup takes a month and for one month players are in a closed camp, isolated from the external world, isolated from commercial compromises, isolated from every possible influence, Mourinho said.”They are there, just for that. Dimensions of the matches are getting bigger and bigger. When they fell they are going to the knockout phase and can win the World Cup, they close each other. It’s a strong shell. They just think about football. It’s the perfect habitat for a young player to grow up and flourish.”