Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Marcus Newton
August 10, 2018

United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.

And ahead of his side's Premier League season opener against Leicester on Friday night, Mourinho addressed reporters' questions about whether United would be getting any late business done on deadline day.

The loophole allowing clubs to bring in new players all stems from the fact that there are different transfer windows for loan deals.

The highest-spending clubs were Liverpool (£165m), Chelsea (£120m), Fulham (£105m) and Leicester City (£100m), representing around 40% of the aggregate gross player transfer expenditure by Premier League clubs.

United have been linked with several other signings, especially at centre-half , but Mourinho doubts deals will be done, telling reporters: "I'm not confident and the market closes today".

'It is hard for me to understand we finish second which I keep saying, that 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'.

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"I'm not confident", Mourinho said, when asked whether there would be more players arriving before the deadline. It is hard for me to understand we finish second. "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it".

"So it's hard for me to understand or to feel or to believe that we finished second, which I keep saying that I - and sometimes it's also hard to believe - that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues".

"They returned on Monday".

See which players and managers have come and gone.

"I think they need to go out of the Champions League pre Christmas to have a good chance of winning the league".

"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".

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