Mourinho Expects "No" Players To Sign For Manchester United Today

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The Red Devils were the closest challengers to record-breaking rivals Manchester City in 2017-18, but still finished some 19 points off the pace.

Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen outcome of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge.

A man now on the books of MLS side D.C. United said: "I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right".

"The gap is just too big to bridge for any of the teams below, but I do think it will be closer and I think Liverpool will be the team providing the main competition", Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

"I focus on the players I have for the first couple of matches".

United's all-time leading goalscorer told Sky Sports: "I think it will be hard after the season they had previous year". We are expecting a plethora of deals to go through today as English clubs battle to complete their final transfer business before the deadline of 5pm.

United had been hoping to sign a centre-back before the deadline but hope has faded in recent days.

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This comes after an unprecedented summer spend in 2017 saw the former Barcelona coach totally restructure his team, turning them into Premier League winners.

The lack of new signings will compound issues surrounding his squad for the start of the Premier League season.

"They return on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.

"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players (back from the World Cup) because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how available they feel".

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe we finished second", said Mourinho ahead of his side's Premier League opener against Leicester.

"I said we would sign one or two, but the second one wasn't possible".

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