Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says last season's second-place finish is one of his greatest achievements - and insists his team are "ready" for the new season despite failing to bolster his squad on transfer deadline day.
EVERTON showed Manchester United how to land their transfer targets with three big-name signings yesterday, while Jose Mourinho was left empty-handed on deadline day.
Another player who has come through an uncertain summer with United is Anthony Martial, who was left out of his France's World Cup squad, prompting comments from his agent that he wished to leave Old Trafford to safeguard his worldwide future.
"I have my players and I like my players", he declared.
"United is a big team".
Instead, Mourinho has allegedly been instructed to get the most out of his current squad, as well as begin to bring through more players from the academy setup to mirror the progress being made by neighbours Manchester City.
United were willing to spend £100 million on a central defender - which would have eclipsed the £75 million Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January - but top targets like Raphael Varane ultimately proved out of reach.
Mourinho now though goes into tonight's game with the five central defenders he had a year ago and the same full-backs who all gave him issues.
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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer. "There is not a story".
However, Jerome Boateng reportedly called up Mourinho and told him he's grateful for the interest even though he doesn't want to move to Old Trafford.
"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times is still a lie".
"I said that during preseason and it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Preseason is hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".
"I like my players and my group".
"I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match".
"He has come out and said a few things about certain players he wants in certain positions".
"We are confident you can win the league this year".