Sunday 16 December 2018

Jose Mourinho not expecting any deadline day signings as he hits out at media negativity over Man United reign

Jose Mourinho has little time to strengthen his squad (Martin Rickett/PA)
Jose Mourinho has little time to strengthen his squad (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is 'not confident' of making a major signing ahead of the 5pm transfer deadline on Thursday.

United have endured a difficult summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.

Yet a downbeat Mourinho has admitted he may not get the defender he listed as his top priority when he submitted his transfer wish-list last May, as he admitted he was growing tired of the endless speculation ahead of transfer deadline day.

When asked whether he expected to welcome a fresh additions to his United squad, Mourinho offered these comments: "The information I have is no. I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so 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 and in relation to this first couple of matches, maybe four matches because after Burnley there is national team and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better, is to focus on players available so I'm not thinking about that list I give you, I focus on what we have."

Mourinho warned United could face a 'difficult' season if the club failed to sign new players, but he is insisting he will be content to work with the players in his squad in comments that may not reveal his true feelings after a disappointing few weeks of transfer business.

"In Championship Manager you can just press a button," he stated. "In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now. I told that during pre-season.

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

Mourinho also suggested he had not been given enough credit for guiding United to a runners-up finish in the Premier League last season, as he again suggested the negativity around the club was misplaced.

"My view is that first of all is difficult for me to believe we finished second," he added. "When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is difficult to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners.

"Is difficult for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes difficult to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League’s but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game."

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