London - Jose
Mourinho has warned Manchester United face a "difficult season" if they
do not strengthen their squad before the Premier League transfer window
shuts on Thursday.
United's build-up to the new campaign has been dominated by
Mourinho's clear frustration over transfers, which has brought his
relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward into the
The only arrivals at Old Trafford this summer have been Brazilian
midfielder Fred, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot and back-up goalkeeper
In sharp contrast, Champions League finalists Liverpool have spent
more than £170 million on new signings including Brazil's
World Cup goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita.
"My CEO knows what I want and I still have a few days to wait and see
what happens," the Portuguese manager told MUTV ahead of his side's
pre-season friendly defeat by Bayern Munich on Sunday.
"The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already
have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool,
who are buying everything and everybody.
"If we don't make our team better it will be a difficult season for us."
United were beaten 1-0 by Bayern at the Allianz Arena, five days
before their Premier League campaign begins at home to Leicester.
Mourinho, without some key players due to their involvement at the
World Cup, including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard,
brought on academy prospects James Garner, Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong
and Demetri Mitchell during the second half.
At full-time, he compared his youthful team to the raft of talent at
Bayern's disposal, including experienced players such as Robert
Lewandowski and Arjen Robben.
"Finally, it's over. Finally, such a difficult pre-season is over," Mourinho told mufc.com.
"The players were, once more, brilliant. They could not have done
better than what they did. (It was a) fantastic experience for the
Mourinho, who has been linked with moves for Tottenham defender Toby
Alderweireld and Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire before the transfer
window shuts, selected Alexis Sanchez as captain in Bavaria.
Reports in Germany on Sunday said United have also expressed an interest in Bayern defender Jerome Boateng.
Javi Martinez scored the only goal of the game in Munich, heading home from a second-half corner.