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

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at Anfield

Mourinho said 10 days ago he was "confident" of getting one new arrival before the close of the transfer window and United have been working to bring in a centre-back but, so far, those efforts have proved fruitless.

Asked whether he he believed there would be any movement in or out of Old Trafford on deadline day, Mourinho replied: "The information I have is no".

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Liverpool and Tottenham on the eve of the new season, saying they "win nothing" but are painted as "serial winners" while his Manchester United get no credit.

Mourinho's targets for that position were primarily Leicester City's Harry Maguire, Jérôme Boateng of Bayern Munich and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham.

"The reason why I want to tip Liverpool is that they're moving in the right direction", he said.

Their only signings this summer were Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant. However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth.


United finished as runners-up last season, 19 points behind Manchester City, and Mourinho has already made it clear that his team needs more players if they are to overhaul their neighbours.

"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". "I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic will all be unavailable for Friday's opener against Leicester.

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

And while those players are all now back in training, with Lukaku, Rashford and Jones having returned earlier than scheduled, Mourinho has admitted he will still be without a number of key players against Leicester. "In Championship Manager you can just press a button". You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that. "Every team in the league will be thinking 'what a great midfield that is.' The way in which United are being talked about this pre-season it's as if they've got a load of bums playing for them". I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.

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