Manchester United's Jose Mourinho not confident of new signings before deadline

Annette Crawford
August 10, 2018

A seventh-place finish was secured, though Sunderland had occupied a top four spot for most of the season before a poor run of results cost them a European berth. United's Portuguese coach has criticised the Frenchman a million times, even when he showed glimpses of his best in the World Cup.

Asked if his tactics that were often criticised for being too negative last season are going to change, he said: 'The target is Leicester match.

Mourinho has had to work with a depleted squad on the back of the 2018 World Cup, while making only minor tweaks in his recruitment drive, with Scholes conceding that a proven performer now finds himself in "a hard position". But you can not have the players that arrived on the last Monday, after World Cup semi-finals, finals and three weeks of holidays, you can not expect them to be fit.

REUTERS/John CliftonFor Wolves, a top-half finish would represent a great campaign - and Leicester City's title win of 2015/16 proved that the top six is breakable given a slice of luck and the right circumstances - but it would take something miraculous to get any better than a seventh-placed finish. They did good business with Fred.

With the tactical prowess of Emery in sharp contrast to Arsene Wenger, his successor, you can expect the Gunners not to shy away from taking the game to Guardiola's men. It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

"Yeah I agree. We change teams from match to match, players are arriving step by step, some of the players have not had one single match". But it's been a bit of a unusual pre-season for these teams with people involved in the World Cup.

The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be". "They just have to play - it doesn't matter if that team plays to be promoted, plays to not be relegated, plays in England, plays outside England - they have to play and that's the most important thing, because for playing bits, playing minutes, to be on the bench, to be a squad player, they can be here".

United need to seal up Pogba's situation and should try to keep him happy with an increase in wages or improving his relationship with Mourinho otherwise it is not quite hygienic for a club to have a player on the pitch who is already seeking an exit. It's not anymore about friendlies, it's not anymore about preparation, it's about points. I just don't know, if I was an owner, I'm thinking, 'Well you've had a lot of money on these players, you don't fancy them.

At a time of the season when all football fans dare to dream, there has again been little to set pulses racing in Newcastle as owner Mike Ashley refuses to join in the Premier League arms race, much to the chagrin of manager Rafael Benitez.

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