Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Jose Mourinho predicts hard season after transfer woes

Jose Mourinho predicts hard season after transfer woes

The Portuguese coach said over the weekend he expected a "difficult" season if no-one else came in but seemed to backtrack ahead of Friday night's Premier League opener against Leicester - and went on to suggest finishing second last season is among the highlights of a career that has been littered with domestic and European success.

"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".

The two-time Champions League victor added: "At this point I'd just say we need to win".

"There was never a need to change what Man United do - the formula is there and there was never a need of a new philosophy", the 43-year-old told Malay Mail at Resorts World Genting last month.

'We play against a team that invest more than us.

'But I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League, with the market closed, I find myself in a situation that I thought I was not going to be in, but I think it's the last time I speak about it. But over, finished, the market is closed.

Scholes said the club has undoubtedly brought in talented managers, but they still lack the edge when it matters the most. They spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have. Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt. Football managers should be called now more head coaches.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes explained what it would take for Mourinho to stand down as the Red Devils boss at the end of the Premier League season.

"I am very pleased for Luke Shaw". He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively. "We have Paul with nine days training, Rashford with 11 days training, Fellaini with nine days training and of course we will be in a better condition, I don't remember in my career to be so much in trouble to make changes, because I want to make five or six [substitutions] and I have only three".

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