Jose Mourinho admits his Manchester United squad isn’t any stronger than it was final season after a ‘easy’ switch window solely introduced three gamers to Previous Trafford.
Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant signed offers with the Pink Devils this summer time however solely Brazil worldwide Fred is predicted to push for a beginning function in the course of the 2018-19 marketing campaign.
Mourinho was stated to be determined to signal a centre-back earlier than Thursday’s deadline and United checked out Leicester Metropolis’s Harry Maguire and Uruguay’s Diego Godin.
However they have been unable to safe any deadline day offers and, because of this, Mourinho admits he will probably be working with basically the ‘identical squad’ this season.
Requested whether or not he’s shocked by how the switch window panned out this summer time, Mourinho informed Sky Sports: ‘I take a look at us, I deal with us – not a lot on the others.
‘For us, it’s a quite simple market as you possibly can see.
‘It’s the identical squad. We modify the third goalkeeper for Lee [Grant] as a result of Joel [Pereira] is such younger goalkeeper that he must play.
‘We modify [Daley] Blind for a 19-year-old child [Dalot] that we imagine has the potential to play proper again and left again.
‘We modified [Michael] Carrick for Fred, so our squad is similar.’
Requested concerning the unimaginable charges that have been concerned in numerous switch offers this summer time, Mourinho added: ‘That’s the way in which it’s.
‘That’s the way in which soccer has modified within the final [few] years. You settle for otherwise you don’t settle for.’
Regardless of hinting at frustration at United’s exercise within the switch window, Mourinho heaped reward on Fred and stated he will probably be a participant to ‘get pleasure from’ this season.
‘Technically he is excellent,’ Mourinho stated. ‘He’s a typical Brazilian participant with a really wealthy baggage of technical ability and wonder.
‘I feel he’s a participant to essentially get pleasure from if he adapts as quickly as doable.’
Manchester United begin their Premier League sport on Friday after they welcome Leicester to Previous Trafford.