Manchester United chief Jose Mourinho has revealed he expects nothing short of a better performance this season, despite the glitches suffered in the summer transfer market.
Mourinho managed to capture the signatures of trio: Brazilian Fred, 19-year-old Diogo Dalot and veteran keeper Lee Grant in place of Joel Pereira, this summer.
The 49-year-old remains unflinching that his side are not unlikely to contend for the Premier League trophy this summer.
The club suffered terrible blows this summer in the transfer market, after their bids for an experienced centre-back was turned down several times.
The Special One could not sign: Toby Alderweireld despite suggestions a deal was already in place, Harry Maguire could not be lured out of Leicester City, the asking fee for Yery Mina was called outrageous, and an eleventh-hour move for Uruguayan Diego Godin never left the ground.
Understandably, Mourinho is frustrated at how things have turned out in the summer transfer window, however, the manager, when asked if he’s shocked at the turn of events, told Sky Sports:
“I look at us, I focus on us – not much on the others.
“For us, it’s a very simple market as you can see.
“It’s the same squad. We change the third goalkeeper for Lee [Grant] because Joel [Pereira] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play.
“We change [Daley] Blind for a 19-year-old kid [Dalot] that we believe has the potential to play right back and left back.
“We changed [Michael] Carrick for Fred, so our squad is the same.”
The Red Devils will face Brighton away, after their home opener against Leicester City on Thursday.