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Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

"I am not confident", Mourinho said of United's chance of new signings ahead of Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

Spurs became the first team in Premier League history to not add to their squad in the summer, Manchester United made only one major signing when they clearly needed more, Manchester City refused to pay over the top for Jorginho who was one of their major targets and, Liverpool and Arsenal spent extravagantly to bolster their squads.

The Reds were one of the most exciting teams to watch in world football last season, thrilling fans with their own unique brand of expansive, high-octane football. I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

"This is the first time it wasn't like that and maybe in the future it will be revised, I will start the season with the players that I will have all year".

Having previously managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola is used to high expectations.

Whatever the explanation, the lack of new faces compounds issues surrounding the United squad heading into the Premier League season.

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"They returned on Monday", he said.

"Unavailable is Romero - he had a surgery after his injury before the World Cup".

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

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

The Portuguese believes runners-up are often portrayed as if they have been relegated and those who finish below them are presented as "serial winners". Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change.

Pre-season has clearly been a frustrating time for Mourinho, while a perceived lack of respect for leading his side to second spot last term has got under his skin.