Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Mourinho snappy over Man Utd tactical questions: This isn't Championship Manager!

Mourinho snappy over Man Utd tactical questions: This isn't Championship Manager!

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is "not confident" he will get any new signings before the transfer deadline.

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.

Liverpool have invested heavily over the summer as they look to pose a challenge to last season's runaway champions, Manchester City, but the same can't be said for United.

Manchester City are favourites to be the first team since Neville's United to retain the Premier League, with the chasing pack hoping that a renewed focus on the Champions League might lead to City taking their eye off the defence of their title.

"The information I have is no", Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference when asked if he expected any new arrivals on Thursday. It gives us a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people better and to focus on the players that are available.

"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said. "I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match". In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

I've spoken to Pep twice on Sky since the end of the season, we did a programme the other day with Dave Jones and Jamie Carragher asking questions.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players". "When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is hard to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

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