Wednesday 28 September 2016

Jose Mourinho makes transfer vow ahead of deadline day

Published 26/08/2016 | 21:42

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho must take his side to Ukrainian unknowns Zorya Luhansk
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho must take his side to Ukrainian unknowns Zorya Luhansk

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he WILL NOT be adding to his squad in the final few days of the transfer window, after failed attempts to land a defender brought down the curtain on his summer spending at Old Trafford.

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Southampton captain Jose Fonte and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane are believed to have been on United’s target list, but neither will be moving ahead of next Wednesday’s deadline, inspiring Mourinho to make this declaration.

“I have 23 players in the squad and, in principle, there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming,” he stated.

“It’s more than enough and if you have a problem or an opportunity then I have a few young players in the Academy that I will be more than happy to give them an acceleration in their process.

“I think we’re going to have a very quiet week, not surrounded by helicopters, waiting for somebody to leave or to arrive, so I am more than happy with the squad I have.”

Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly are the big-name arrivals at United this summer, with a host of fringe players being moved on and more likely to follow in the coming days.

Mourinho went on to give an upbeat vision of his side’s start to the season, as they look to make it three wins out of three when they take on Hull on Saturday.

“It is still very early and for me the important thing is we had a very difficult start with a strange pre-season and we managed to win the Community Shield, we managed to win six points,” he added.

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