Jose Mourinho is not expecting to get what he wants this summer, but the Manchester United manager insists only bringing in one more player is “not a drama”
Transfers are arguably chief among the issues as United have so far only managed to bring in Brazil midfielder Fred, raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Mourinho freely admitted he wants another two new signings in a bid to launch an improved Premier League title challenge by the August 9 deadline, but attempted to downplay the frustrations of only getting one.
Asked if he was confident he would get both, the United boss said: “No. I am confident I get one.
“I am confident I get one, but I think two I am not going to get which is not a drama.
“I think in every pre-season it happens basically the same and probably with every club, which is the manager wants more.
“It’s our nature, it’s out way of being — you always want more for your team.
“But then club decisions are different and normally you don’t get what you want, which happened basically during all my career.
“So, if I get one player until the end of the market, that’s fine.”
Mourinho gave United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward his list of “five names a few months ago” and is now playing the waiting game as the deadline creeps closer.
Imposing Leicester center-back Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld have been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, as have a variety of other defenders.
“More or less I know (my best team),” the United boss told beIN SPORTS.