'Woodward knows what I want – this could be a difficult season' – Mourinho lays down transfer gauntlet

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The Portuguese boss made no secret of his jealousy over Liverpool's big investments as United struggle to bring in more reinforcements

Jose Mourinho has called for Manchester United's transfer chiefs to up their game in the final days of the market, claiming the Red Devils will face a 'difficult season' if they do not make more signings.

Premier League champions Man City - who finished 19 points ahead of United last season - have added Riyad Mahrez to their ranks and hope to add an additional holding midfielder, while Liverpool's signings of Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson have added huge amount of depth to a side that reached the Champions League final.

For Mourinho's part, Brazilian midfielder Fred has come in alongside Portuguese youngster Diogo Dalot, while Lee Grant arrived to take up a position as the Old Trafford side's third-choice keeper. 

Still, United's inability to sign a new centre-back – Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld seemingly topping the wishlist after a move for Yerry Mina failed – has left the Portuguese boss worried about the season ahead.

Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said: “My CEO [Ed Woodward] has known what I want for quite a long time. He knows what I want.

“I know that he tries his best for me. I still have a few days to wait to see what is going to happen.”

When asked if he was indeed unhappy with the squad at his disposal the manager did not issue a denial, though he could not help having a dig at fierce rivals Liverpool's transfer activity.

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“The other clubs that compete with us, they are really strong, or they already have fantastic teams and squads like Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City... or they are investing massively, like, for example, Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.

“So if we don't make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”

Manchester United's Premier League campaign kicks off against Leicester City on August 10 at Old Trafford.

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