Jose Mourinho has “no idea” if Manchester United will complete any further transfers before the summer transfer window shuts.
The 55-year-old has overseen the signing of right-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred, alongside Lee Grant to serve as the club’s third choice keeper.
A dry period has since ensued, with supporters desperate to see their club make more signings, but nothing is close to being completed.
Speaking ahead of Man United’s first pre-season game against Club America on Thursday night, Mourinho noted he did not know if the club would complete any further signings before the window shuts in early August.
“Signings? I have no idea,” he said. “I’m not going to lie to you. I’m not going to say somebody is coming, nobody is coming. I really don’t know.”
On first reading this quote sounds really bad. On second reading it still looks, admittedly, really, really bad.
United finished miles behind Manchester City last season and lost the FA Cup final. They needed a summer similar to that of Pep Guardiola’s last summer – where he spent over £130m on full-backs and £70m on Ederson and Bernardo Silva – to bridge the gap. A big one. A window which makes people sit up and take notice. Liverpool are doing that instead.
What the club has at this moment in time is nowhere near enough. But Mourinho should know that. By saying he has “no idea” about new signings, the boss is probably alluding to the fact that, yes, United are pursuing players with less than four weeks left. Whether any deals can get over the line, however, is a different matter entirely.
United need a big few weeks. Anything less will see them fall even further behind City than before.