Much has been made of this transfer window, the prices and certain managers being unhappy, and Jose Mourinho is thought to be one of them.
£100 million has been spent on two players by the club, yet Mourinho wanted double that, thinking there were at least four positions to be filled – a forward, a defender, a winger and a holding midfielder – and the latter two are still vacant.
The Express report Mourinho said: “We always want more. We always feel there is room to improve, and I cannot say that I am happy with our transfer window.
“What I can also say is that it is a difficult transfer window and I don’t blame anyone – it is just a reality of things.
“The market is going in such a direction that many players are difficult to get, not to say impossible.
“Every club is powerful and they don’t want to sell or their demands are really high, so the market is difficult.”
The United boss initially stated at the start of the transfer window that he wanted to bring in four players, and there were also a list of back-up targets, so the board and Ed Woodward would be able to bring in who they wanted.
That being said, Mourinho knows it’s been hard, and clubs have been out spending big money and paying huge prices for players that may not be worth the money, and that United will not be doing that.
He also said that the players who have come in are the players he wanted, and there’s no doubt they will do well.
Mourinho made it clear United’s business may be over: “What I will say is that, a long time ago, we thought about four players to strengthen our squad, but it is really hard to do it.
If we do the third and forget the fourth, I would be quite happy with that because I know it is difficult.
“At the moment we have Lukaku and Lindelof, two players I know well. I worked with one before and the other is from the Portuguese Championship, which I follow every weekend.
“I am happy with them and I know that they will succeed at the club.
“The market ends on Aug 31, so there is plenty of time.
“But obviously, the objective for me as manager is always to have the players as soon as possible and try to coach them in the team and develop the team with them and Lukaku and Lindelof arrived to train in time for day one.”
Should United fail to bring in Ivan Perisic, it could mean Anthony Martial stays at the club, and is given another chance by Mourinho, after failing to impress him last season.
Another player who looks set to stay is Luke Shaw, after he impressed Mourinho with his rehab attempts.