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

The transfer market can be a chaotic but occasionally rather predictable place

"I said we would sign one or two, but the second one wasn't possible".

"This is the first time it wasn't like that and maybe in the future it will be revised, I will start the season with the players that I will have all year".

Mourinho had warned it would be a "difficult season" if United did not make any more acquisitions and it now looks like his side will miss out.

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)". "It is time for me to stop thinking about the market", he said.

"They've got a manager in Jurgen Klopp who the players have got a lot of faith in and they've got fans who will keep this team going".

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United had been hoping to sign a centre-back before the deadline but hope has faded in recent days.

Those issues have provided an unwelcome backdrop to a hard pre-season, United's makeshift side having suffered defeats to Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

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"They returned on Monday", he said.

As far as the rest are concerned, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini are very unlikely to feature as they only returned to training on Monday.

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Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made slightly early returns so could be involved on Friday, perhaps helping to boost the mood of a manager who has looked downbeat for much of the summer.

The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil worldwide midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe we finished second", said Mourinho ahead of his side's Premier League opener against Leicester. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

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

"But I keep saying and thinking and feeling that the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

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