Jose Mourinho says he is not confident ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Leicester City and has hinted that there will be no last minute activity in the transfer market for the Red Devils.
United have a had a relatively quiet summer, completing just three new signings in the form of Fred, Lee Grant and Diogo Dalot, while Daley Blind and Sam Johnstone left the club for Ajax and West Brom respectively.
Mourinho’s side also endured a difficult pre-season, winning just one of their six fixtures, with a number of the club’s first-team stars late to return to the squad following the World Cup in Russia.
And with the opening day of the Premier League fast approaching – United take on Leicester tomorrow night – and the transfer window closing in this afternoon, Mourinho is optimistic of his side’s prospects for the opening few weeks of the campaign.
I’m not confident and the market closes today, he declared,
So it’s time – at least for me – to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to this first couple of matches.
“Maybe [it’s] three matches because, after Spurs, there is [an] international break. It gives us a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people better and to focus on the players that are available.
“So I’m not even thinking about that list of injured players – [Nemanja] Matic, [Antonio] Valencia and so on. I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match.”
United have been heavily linked to a number of players over the last few days, including both Diego Godin and Yerry Mina, with Mourinho understood to be keen to land a new centre-back ahead of the start of the season.
However, when pressed as to whether the fans can expect any last minute arrivals at Old Trafford, the Portuguese boss was clear with his answer.
”The information I have is no,” he said.