Looking at the year as a whole, the club has brought in Alexis Sanchez, Brazilian midfielder Fred, promising full-back Diogo Dalot and a veteran goalkeeper, in Lee Grant, that looks set to deputise for David De Gea this season.
At the end of the month the Portuguese was speaking with confidence about getting at least one more signing in but those hopes began to fade and the deadline passed without an acquisition as Mourinho predicted. There was no offer made for Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham.More news: Mourinho Expects "No" Players To Sign For Manchester United Today
Mourinho's comments seem a stark contrast to those which he reverberated during his side's pre-season tour of America - where he seemingly ruled out any chance of the younger members of his squad breaking into the first team during the upcoming campaign, insisted Anthony Martial should have spent less time with his newborn child and slammed fans for paying money to watch Manchester United play overseas.
The United manager also wanted Marouane Fellaini re-signed on a new contract.
The centre-back discussion has only become an issue this summer, and the club have felt that the options open to them have not warranted the investment they would have required.More news: Arsenal coach Unai Emery: Stan Kroenke takeover of club is 'positive'
The Red Devils did not get off to a great start results-wise with three consecutive draws coming against Club American, San Jose Earthquakes and AC Milan - the latter in the International Champions Cup.
"If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour. I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier Leagues players directly", said Mourinho. I don't know their identity right now, I don't know how they can dig deep and turn a losing position to victory and they style that they'll come out with. After a depleted squad took part in their pre-season tour of the United States, who will start tonight?
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"I relish every challenge, it doesn't matter what, I love to work". "It is a lie, repeated 1,000 times".