Friday, 22 February, 2019

Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss 'not confident' of deadline day signing

Willian keen on Mourinho reunion Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss 'not confident' of deadline day signing
Kristopher Love | 09 August, 2018, 21:19

Ivan Perisic, the Croatia global, also featured prominently on Mourinho's wish list but it now seems that United's summer transfer business will be restricted to the arrivals of Fred, the injured Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.

While optimism is growing at Anfield, the same can not be said at last season's runners-up Manchester United who kick off the new season on Friday at home to Leicester City with a squad that is under-cooked, according to manager Jose Mourinho. "Always, until you finish the game, you can not say "now it's the end of the game".

Mourinho has endured a hard summer in the transfer market.

"I am happy to keep all the squad together". There's [been] many rumours during the summer about players out. The club made a massive effort to try to extend contracts with people like Harry Kane. Some need more time to get fit than others.

"The club is making an fantastic effort to finish our stadium as soon as possible".

Yes, of course you'd believe it.

Barcelona's Yerry Mina was linked with a switch to Old Trafford but financial demands from agents have ruled out any swoop for the 23-year-old, who impressed for Colombia during the World Cup, with Everton now favourites to sign him.

Do I think he will leave?

"It's a massive challenge for us because it's new".

Asked why the club have struggled to recruit players this summer, Pochettino replied: "The market was insane".

"Okay, they've won the Europa League, they've won the League Cup (both in 2017)".

Llorente arrived off the back of an impressive season with the Swans, and the fact that he had achieved a good return while playing for a struggling Swansea side suggested that he may be able to thrive with Pochettino's men.

"People ask "can you improve on 100 points" and I say no because we are not here to do that".

In contrast to the change across London, Tottenham Hotspur have yet to add a single signing ahead of their first season in a new 62,000 capacity stadium. "You can not expect them to be fit".

However, despite links to numerous targets, United are yet to reinforce. To keep our best players was our objective and goal and we have achieved that - at the moment. "That very, very rarely happens at United these days".

"If you are a united fan like me and can no longer stand this dreary, defensive boring style of play then please donate".

Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup. "I am here to win", said the Argentine. Sometimes players and their entourage, they make mistakes in the way they choose a club to be loaned.