José Mourinho does not expect any Manchester United deadline-day signings

Kristopher Nichols
August 10, 2018

"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time".

"I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches".

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

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. Mourinho's assessment that United were in for a "difficult season" if he did not get his way proffers an image of an unhappy club.

United had been hoping to sign a centre-back before the deadline but hope has faded in recent days.

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"[Alexis is] more than ready but you can not have the players who arrived only last Monday after the World Cup semi-finals or final and three weeks' holiday".

Stars such as Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku all returned to Carrington to begin training this week, but they won't be ready to make appearances.

"My view is that, first of all, it is hard for me to believe we finished second because when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - you [the media] are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, you make them look like serial winners". I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

Guardiola must be a little concerned about the inability to sign the central midfielder that he believed was a priority in May, but City's biggest issue might be their relative failure in last season's Champions League.

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