Mourinho rows back on transfer demands
Jose Mourinho has attempted to ease the sense of tension at Manchester United by backing down on his demand for two more signings to be made before the start of the season.
Having repeatedly declared on United's pre-season tour of the USA that he wanted two more players in before the close of the window, the Portuguese used a TV interview to change tack.
Mourinho has described the battle over recruitment as a normal one between a manager and his employers - a conciliatory move that will no doubt please executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who is with the team in Miami.
Ultimately, the problems and arguments that have plagued the club in pre-season will disappear as long as United start the Premier League season well.
The fact they open with games against Leicester City and Brighton is certainly a boost for Mourinho, regardless of how he tries to spin it.
"I am confident I will get one (new player), but I think two I am not going to get - which is not a drama," Mourinho said.
"In every pre-season it happens the same, with every club, which is that the manager wants more.
"It's our nature, you always want more for your team, but then club decisions are different and normally you don't get what you want, which happened during all my career. So, if I get one player until the end of the market, that's fine."
Having backed down in his dispute over transfers, Mourinho picked a new fight with a new target, pointing out that the Premier League is starting unnecessarily early after the World Cup.
"I agree totally with the window closing at the same time as the Premier League starts," Mourinho explained. "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 and they start later. Spain, Italy starts later." (© Daily Telegraph, London)