Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed his frustration at a lack of new signings and a lengthening injury list after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in Michigan.
He said Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw have been added to his injury list while revealing that Nemanja Matic has undergone surgery for a mystery problem and could miss the start of the season.
“I would like to have two more players,” Mourinho told a news conference on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
“I think I am not going to have two. I think [it] is possible I am going to have one. It is possible, and that one I gave a list to my club five names a few months ago, and I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.
“If it’s possible, it’s possible. If it’s not, it’s not. If it’s possible, good. If it is not possible, we keep fighting and working and believing in the players that we have.”
Antonio Valencia has already been sent home from the United States with a calf injury, and new signing Diogo Dalot has been ruled out until September with a knee problem.
“This is nothing to do with reinforcements,” Mourinho said. “The reinforcement is Pogba, Fellaini, Lindelof, Rashford, Lingard, Matic, Valencia — these are reinforcements.
“This is not our team, not our squad. We start the game with almost half of the players [who] aren’t going to belong to our squad. This is not our squad.
“Reinforcements, you are saying players I’d like to buy, add to the squad. That is another thing, but this is not even 30 percent of my squad, so don’t look to this that way.”
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