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

Paul Scholes

Manchester United could do with two deadline day additions, says Wayne Rooney, with Jose Mourinho a couple of players away from competing for the Premier League title.

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

"I'm very happy with the team I have". "I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is 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". "Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody", Mourinho told MUTV after his team's 1-0 friendly loss to Bayern Munich Sunday.

They are now a little over 24 hours away from opening the new Premier League campaign, with Rooney looking for the Red Devils to put any problems behind them and lay down an early marker in the battle for top-flight supremacy in England.




Mourinho heads into the Leicester match with a hefty injury list, including key midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, while a host of other stars of only recently returned from their break after World Cup duty.

It is widely expected that consumer demand to watch the world's best football talent competing in the Premier League, which includes some of the best players of countries in MENA, will only continue to grow further as the next FIFA World Cup - the first ever to be held in the region in Qatar 2022 - draws closer.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said. "I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep saying and thinking and feeling that second position last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game". Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change.

Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived before the end of July, with Jurgen Klopp eager to work with his full squad throughout pre-season.

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