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

Jose Mourinho does not expect anybody to join Manchester United before the transfer deadline.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is relaxed about his team being Premier League title favourites once again.

United have so far signed three players this summer - Brazil midfielder Fred for £47m, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Mourinho has admitted this morning that he is "not confident" of any new arrivals before tonight's 5pm transfer deadline so he'll have to work with what he's got as Claude Puel's Leicester visit Old Trafford. "The market closes today so there's time at least for me to stop thinking about it".

"Naby Keita, I believe he will be a massive player, same with Fabinho, and Shaqiri will be a great signing too".

The company said that summer transfer in the English topflight sparked a drop in spending for the first time since 2010. "The information I have is no", he replied matter-of-factly.

For others, however, the final hours of the window proved to be frantic, including Everton's late surge, Fulham and Wolves' remarkable activity and Man United's desperate search for a centre-back.

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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But this was only a "soft" closure - with some deals still able to be completed after this deadline.

The lack of new signings will compound issues surrounding his squad for the start of the Premier League season.

Stars such as Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku all returned to Carrington to begin training this week, but they won't be ready to make appearances.

"I am so happy with the team and, from last season, I said maybe one more player, maybe two".

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

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 it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said.

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

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