The Manchester United manager laments the Red Devils’ transfer inactivity after another lacklustre performance.
Manchester United have already secured the transfer of Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant but Mourinho has made public his dissatisfaction with the club’s transfer activity.
Mourinho speaking on the back of United’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool stated his desire to make two additions to his team going into the new season but slightly highlighted his displeasure with United’s transfer business.
The Red Devils’ manager made clear that he had earlier presented five transfer targets and still needs two signings to strengthen his squad after the arrival of Fred, Dalot and Lee Grant.
He however believes he will only land one player before the close of the summer transfer window.
“I would like to have two more players. I think I am not going to get two,” Mourinho told reporters. “I think that it’s possible I will have one. And that one, I gave a list to my club of five names a few months ago. And I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.
“If it’s possible. it’s possible, if it’s not it’s not. If it’s possible, it’s good, if not then we keep fighting and working and believing in the players that we have.”
United are still without a host of players in their pre-season tour of the US following the FIFA World Cup.
World Cup winner Paul Pogba, Rashford, Lingard, Fellaini and the injured Nemanja Matic are some of the players still unavailable for the Red Devils.
“This is nothing to do with reinforcements,” Mourinho said. The reinforcements are Pogba, [Marouane] Fellaini, [Victor] Lindelof, Rashford, Lingard, Matic, [Antonio] Valencia. These are reinforcements.
“This is not our team this is not our squad. We started the game with almost half of the players who are not even going to belong to our squad on August 9. They will not be here.
“This is not our squad. Reinforcements, you mean players that I would like to buy, to add to the squad. That’s another thing, but this is not my squad, this is not even half my squad, or 30 per cent of it. So don’t look to this.
“You can ask me if I still want new players, that’s another question. But in relation to today, we have four or five players who are dead because they care with the club and try to give everything, even risking themselves, because they don’t want to let all the kids play by themselves against AC Milan, against Liverpool.”
Jose Mourinho’s side again put up an underwhelming performance in their ICC defeat against Liverpool.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored from a suberb acrobatic effort and assisted Daniel Sturridge as Seyi Ojo and Sadio Mane also scored for the Reds in a 4-1 trashing of last season’s Premier League runners-up.