Mourinho frustrated as Premier League clubs race to beat new deadline

Heather Diaz
August 9, 2018

Last season may have been their highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but the 19-point gap to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City underlined the improvements required.

Transfer deadline day. Just the name sends chills down the spine of fans and journalists alike as the clock winds down on one of the smallest windows in recent memory.

Mourinho's targets for that position were primarily Leicester City's Harry Maguire, Jérôme Boateng of Bayern Munich and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has remained outwardly calm about the lack of activity in the market despite calling on the club's owners to take "risks" at the end of last season.

Bellamy feels that Mourinho has allowed the World Cup to sway his thinking somewhat, which he claims is out of character for the Portuguese.

Despite missing a host of World Cup stars, City looked in ominous form as they dismissed Chelsea 2-0 to lift the Community Shield at the weekend but face a tough start as Arsenal begin the post-Arsene Wenger era at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Red Devils must now put their entire focus on landing either Alderweireld or Maguire, with time running out for them to land the elusive centre-back. "Mina as well, he went from Brazil to Barcelona, hasn't really had any game time at Barcelona".

"But despite his current downbeat demeanour, it would be unsafe to write United or Mourinho off".

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How are the World Cup players looking in terms of Newcastle on Saturday?

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

"Lets get back to the United style of play". They certainly seem very unsure of the players he has brought in before - [Eric] Bailly, [Victor] Lindelof.

"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.

"Do you want him to be very happy with the players he has around him?" said Mourinho.

"For me, it is not enough", Pochettino said. It's just the late surge of it.

A fourth successive top-four finish would represent a good outcome for Spurs, but they will be under pressure from Chelsea and Arsenal who finished fifth and sixth a year ago, while big-spending West Ham could push for a top-six finish.

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