Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea All Ready For Big Signings

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is "not confident" of signing another player before Thursday's transfer deadline at 17:00 BST.

Jose Mourinho has repeatedly expressed his desire to strengthen Manchester United's defence after they finished second in the Premier League last term.

"I also think the goalkeeper is a massive signing for them, one which I think will give them the confidence to go forward again and challenge Manchester City".

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

"We didn't have much money this year, that's the truth after last summer", he explained in his pre-match press conference. Mourinho's assessment that United were in for a "difficult season" if he did not get his way proffers an image of an unhappy club.

For others, however, the final hours of the window proved to be frantic, including Everton's late surge, Fulham and Wolves' remarkable activity and Man United's desperate search for a centre-back.

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

They are now a little over 24 hours away from opening the new Premier League campaign, with Rooney looking for the Red Devils to put any problems behind them and lay down an early marker in the battle for top-flight supremacy in England.

"They trained on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they're not really fit and ready, but we have needs", said the boss of the quartet.

I repeat: "pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

United's all-time leading goalscorer told Sky Sports: "I think it will be hard after the season they had a year ago".

"My view is that, first of all, it is hard for me to believe we finished second because when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - you [the media] are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, you make them look like serial winners".

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

  • Stacy Allen