Jose Mourinho lists second-place finish among 'greatest achievements'

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes

Jose Mourinho feels his team braved hard circumstances to get a fine start to Manchester United's 2018-19 Premier League season on Friday. Ivan Perisic, the Croatia global, 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.

In late July the Portuguese said he was confident of getting at least one more signing through the door, but hopes have faded as Thursday's 5pm deadline edged closer.

"I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches".

"I am so happy with the team and, from last season, I said maybe one more player, maybe two.

The information I have is no".

However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season. Any deal for Tottenham's Toby 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.

Pochettino unsure if Spurs will make any signings
English clubs can not add more players after August 9, while other leagues have until the end of the month to make signings. Spurs held on to take a 1-0 victory that puts them on top of the table with seven points having played their three matches.

This summer has already seen some mega-deals take place regarding Premier League clubs with Riyad Mahrez moving from Leicester City to Manchester City for a huge £67m, whilst Naby Keita joined Liverpool for £62m in a deal that was agreed on last summer. Rojo - he was injured in the World Cup.

"They returned on Monday".

It is widely expected that consumer demand to watch the world's best football talent competing in the Premier League, which includes some of the best players of countries in MENA, will only continue to grow further as the next FIFA World Cup - the first ever to be held in the region in Qatar 2022 - draws closer.

"The net expenditure is a record as it stands but you'd think with three weeks left for European clubs to buy Premier League players, and Premier League clubs by the looks of it not having done their selling yet, it might not stay that way".

Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available.

Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived before the end of July, with Jurgen Klopp eager to work with his full squad throughout pre-season.

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