Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

Ross Houston
August 9, 2018

Mourinho warned United could face a "difficult" season if the club failed to sign new players, but he is insisting he will be content to work with the players in his squad in comments that may not reveal his true feelings after a disappointing few weeks of transfer business.

However, despite links to numerous targets, United are yet to reinforce. It is time for me to stop thinking about the market.

"The information I have is no", Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference when asked if he expected any new arrivals on Thursday.

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.


Goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defenders Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo and midfielders Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera are all absent through injury for Friday.

Alexis Sanchez - who has enjoyed a full pre-season with United - will start in a familiar front three alongside Lukaku and England hero Jesse Lingard.

On the chances of Vardy or Maguire featuring in the season opener: "If we are serious I think they can not participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team".

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".


The Germany global is aiming to win one more Champions League title in his career.

Writing in his column for the BBC, Shearer said: "Their team is definitely already good enough to challenge champions Manchester City for the title, but can Jose get the best out them, and can they play in a style that can keep their fans happy?"

'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'.

'It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football, you need to behave different'.


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