Jose Mourinho 'not confident' of deadline day signings

"We didn't have much money this year, that's the truth after last summer", he explained in his pre-match press conference.

Premier League clubs have been hindered by the early closure of their transfer window whilst the rest of Europe continues to be active in replenishing their squads, a decision which Guardiola feels needs to be looked at.

According to Deloitte's spokesperson, Tim Bridge, just 14 per cent of that figure, which is £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen effect of the league's window, closing before the rest of Europe.

"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's assessment that United were in for a "difficult season" if he did not get his way proffers an image of an unhappy club. "The information I have is no", he replied matter-of-factly. "That is my experience at Barcelona and Bayern Munich".

But strong performances in Russian Federation weren't a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts.

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic will all be unavailable for Friday's opener against Leicester.

"[Alexis is] more than ready but you can not have the players who arrived only last Monday after the World Cup semi-finals or final and three weeks' holiday".

Solhekol says Jose Mourinho was keen on the player but believes the club has been used by the Uruguayan's agent.

"Because it is very important their feeling and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

"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".

"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.

Mourinho did confirm that Alexis Sanchez, who was a highlight for United over pre-season, is fit and firing though.

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

The striker turned broadcast pundit believes Liverpool's mental edge over City following three victories against them last season - twice in the Champions League and once in the league - could be the difference if City do not runaway with the title in the manner they did last season.

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