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Mourinho guided Manchester United to their best Premier League finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, but the 55-year-old coach has insisted that he wants to sign two more players before the end of the transfer window.

"I am 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".

"This is the first time it wasn't like that and maybe in the future it will be revised, I will start the season with the players that I will have all year".

"I'm not confident", Mourinho said, when asked whether there would be more players arriving before the deadline.

"Equally, it appears to have removed the element of panic-buying, whereby a club may have a poor start to the season and think "we've got to go out and spend to safeguard our future in the Premier League". Any deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld was a way off on the eve of the deadline and interest in Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been tempered up until now by prohibitive financial demands.

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United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.

Sticking with the narrative that his squad depth was not enough given the number of players who needed a post-World Cup vacation, Mourinho applauded his short-handed Red Devils. "Raheem and Kevin had three weeks off after the World Cup, not too much time but both arrive flawless".

"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.

Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available. What happened last season, we have learned and we know what to do.

Figures released by Deloitte's sport business group showed top-flight clubs spent an estimated £1.23billion before Thursday's pre-season deadline - down £200million from last summer's window.

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