Jose Mourinho: 'I will not cry over transfers'

Demarai Gray

Demarai Gray

This season, however, each of the Premier League's top seven will play in Europe, which Mourinho believes is a leveller.

When Jose Mourinho's Manchester United won the Europa League, he instructed his team to celebrate by holding up three fingers to indicate the three trophies they had clinched - Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League.

Both players bring with them proven Premier League quality and in the case of Matic, United have acquired a player who not only knows how to win titles under Mourinho, but provides a steely calmness and control in front of the defence, something that will be so important during the second half of the season.

Attack: Jesse Lingard played in the unfamiliar left wing-back role against Madrid but was hooked at half-time so I think we'll see him make way with Marcus Rashford coming in to the attack.

Ahead of their Premier League opener, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident his side can maintain his ideal second-season record.

Then there's the need for a winger who can supply the bullets for Lukaku, something which was glaringly obvious and will not have escaped Mourinho during the 2-1 Super Cup final defeat to Real Madrid in Macedonia on Tuesday.

"It is not because I have always done it (won the league title in his second season) that I am going to do it again", Mourinho said.

"So I'm happy to start on Sunday, we are ready".

The Spanish midfielder was sensational last season, picking up the club's Player of the Year Award after a series of wonderful performances on their way to the Europa League crown.

In his first season with Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has found his niche in the starting eleven.

"What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals, what we had was midfielders, wingers scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces", Mourinho said.

"But I am not a hard person to work with - in spite of it looking different sometimes - and I understand the reality of the market, I understand the reality of the numbers". I understand by doing 75 percent of what I asked, the club did very well.

'And if, until 31 August, the remaining 25 per cent don't arrive, I will not moan.

Ibrahimovic has continued his rehabilitation at United's training ground and has even stuck around to help out some of the younger Red Devils players during preseason, according to midfielder Paul Pogba.

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