Mourinho not optimistic about deadline day business from Manchester United

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a sly dig at Manchester United’s doubters ahead of their Premier League season opener against Leicester City and also ruled out any transfer activity on deadline day in the UK.Mourinho, who is set to begin his third season at Old Trafford, was an unhappy figute throughout United’s pre-season tour of America because of the lack of players available and transfer activity.And, he didn’t sound optimistic either when asked about any deadline day moves on Thursday.”I’m not confident, I’m not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed,” Mourinho said.Also read – Manchester United and Arsenal to fight for Boateng, PSG also interested”I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches.”However, he was quick to point out that United were the closest to runaway league leaders last season and the media is too harsh in their criticism of his side.”My view is that, first of all, is difficult for me to believe we finished second,” he said.Also read – Jose Mourinho confident of one more signing before transfer window shuts”When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is difficult 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.advertisement”Is difficult for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second. 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.”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.Also read – Alexis Sanchez urges Manchester United to sign players on deadline day”The target is Leicester match and the tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button,” he said.”In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn’t have until now.”I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something crazy, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season difficult when you don’t have your players to work, as simple as that.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more