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

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

It is no secret that Mourinho has been keen to add to his squad and would have liked to add a defender.

United start the Premier League season at home to Leicester City on Friday and Mourinho took the opportunity at his pre-match news conference to take a swipe at what he views as fatalistic commentary on his reign from the media, in contrast with praise awarded to unnamed counterparts who fail to lift major honours.

Jose Mourinho does not expect anybody to join Manchester United before the transfer deadline.

It was also a good day for Leicester City, who, not only managed to keep hold of Harry Maguire amid reported interest from United, but also brought in the well-regarded young defender Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg, tied Jamie Vardy down to a new deal and signed Croatia Under-21 global Filip Benkovic.

The transfer window may officially shut at 5pm on Thursday but Blackpool and Fleetwood can still be active in the transfer market thanks to an EFL rule.

"My view is that it is hard for me to believe that we finished second", he said.

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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".

But he was quick to point out his United side were closest to runaway leaders Manchester City last season, even if they finished 19 points adrift.

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added. "I keep saying that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling that second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Mourinho also needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup. In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

Manchester United have been hit by injuries throughout the pre-season tour of the United States and there are plenty of first-team stars that have only just returned from their holidays due to exploits in the World Cup this summer.

"I don't think they can challenge on both fronts with the way they play, unless they adapt and they change, the way they play at 100mph from the first minute to the last minute it's very hard to do that Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday".

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