Ivan Perisic, the Croatia worldwide, also featured prominently on Mourinho's wish list but it now seems that United's summer transfer business will be restricted to the arrivals of Fred, the injured Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.
"We played well in periods against a good team that invested more than us", he said.
Arsenal are the first Premier League opponents for defending champions, Manchester City, yet after a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market Pep Guardiola has admitted the club simply didn't have much money to spend. It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.
"The information I have is no", Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference when asked if he expected any new arrivals on Thursday.
Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline. "Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody", Mourinho told MUTV after his team's 1-0 friendly loss to Bayern Munich Sunday. Any deal for Tottenham'sToby 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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Mourinho heads into the Leicester match with a hefty injury list, including key midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, while a host of other stars of only recently returned from their break after World Cup duty.
"They returned on Monday", he said.
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.
"Because it is very important how they feel and to understand how they think they can help or not help". I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.
"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said.
The Portuguese believes runners-up are often portrayed as if they have been relegated and those who finish below them are presented as "serial winners".
"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".