'I'm not confident' - Mourinho concedes defeat in pursuit of Man Utd deadline day signings

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The Red Devils manager claims to have been informed that he should not be expecting to make any late window additions to his ranks at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho is “not confident” that Manchester United will be completing deadline day business, despite the Red Devils having endured a quiet transfer window.

The Portuguese has regularly expressed his frustration at what has been a testing summer for those at Old Trafford.

He had been hoping for more additions to a squad which finished 19 points adrift of Premier League champions Man City in 2017-18, but has seen his hands tied in the transfer market.

Brazil international Fred is the only player to have come in that is set to challenge for an instant starting berth , with Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant merely squad options for the present and future.

United have been linked with several other signings, especially at centre-half , but Mourinho doubts deals will be done, telling reporters: “I'm not confident and the market closes today.

“So it's time - at least for me - to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to this first couple of matches.

”Maybe [it’s] three matches because, after Spurs, there is [an] international break. It gives us a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people better and to focus on the players that are available.

“So I'm not even thinking about that list of injured players – [Nemanja] Matic, [Antonio] Valencia and so on. I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match.”

Asked to confirm that he is expecting no movement at all on Thursday, Mourinho added: “The information I have is no.”

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Despite being frustrated in the recruitment market, United will be expected to challenge for major honours once again in 2018-19.

They are set to open their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester on Friday.

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