Jose Mourinho laments lack of signings

Sanchez spends time with Hollywood stars after pre-season win over AC Milan

Should Manchester United fail to land the Spurs defender this summer and opt against Leicester City's Harry Maguire, then Mourinho will move Nemanja Matic back into a centre-back role to add "greater power and stability".

Jose Mourinho's enthusiasm for his side's pre-season obligations is at a low ebb and players have reported that the Manchester United boss has scheduled a trip to Orlando's SeaWorld that clearly clashes with the friendly against Real Madrid.

With Man City running away with the league last season and Liverpool strengthening considerably over the summer, challenging for the title will be hard, as will playing a style of football that will entertain the fans after 2017/18's dour displays.

He has already signed midfielder Fred, right-back Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant this summer for a combined £68 million, but Mourinho insists his first-choice XI this season will not differ hugely from the team which finished 19 points behind Manchester City.

"Do you want me to be very happy with the players [Alexis Sanchez] has around him?" he asked reporters.

"OK, Jose is crying because so far he can't get what he wants".

Mourinho also says the new Premier League season should start a week later - in line with the rest of Europe.

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"I don't think he's a leader", Mourinho said, when revealing Bailly's ankle is badly swollen.

"The World Cup takes a month and for one month players are in a closed camp, isolated from the external world, isolated from commercial compromises, isolated from every possible influence, Mourinho said".

"It's not going to be very different", he said. We started the game with nearly half of the players who are not even going to belong to our squad on August 9.

It could also mean that some of United's business goes beyond the close of the Premier League window next week, if Madrid move late.

Darmian was quizzed on whether Serie A was his likeliest destination should he leave before the transfer window closes on August 9.

But Mourinho, who has bemoaned the lack of established players he has on United's USA tour, says that is too soon after the World Cup and the start should be a week later. I think he was just voicing that frustration.

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