13 August, 2017
"In my initial analysis, coming from January and progressing through the months, I was thinking about four players", Mourinho said. On top of that, he is infinitely more mobile than the Swede, and in theory should allow the team to play in a faster and more expansive style.
Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United could still sign one more player, but he will not be "crying" if they do not.
"In the last two or three seasons they've been defensively okay but not scoring enough goals has hurt United and I think there are goals in the side now". Every opponent wants to win every match.
Hopefully, Romelu Lukaku hits the ground running, and Nemanja Matic frees Paul Pogba and allows him to shine. "If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".
Other eye-catching newcomers include former Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, who played in last season's Champions League final against Real Madrid, and Dutch defender Jairo Riedewald, who is reunited with his former manager Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace.
It is very hard to see Mourinho's side being so mediocre again in the league this time around, however, and they have bought solidly this summer. "At Porto that meant winning the Champions League, likewise at Inter".
The 54-year-old added: "I think everyone - the top seven - are all in Europe".
Arsenal, of course, are famed for losing opening day fixtures and were exposed during last season's Premier League opener as a makeshift defence was embarrassed during a thrilling 4-3 loss to Liverpool.
"Danilo is 26, Benjamin Mendy is 23, Bernardo Silva is 22, Ederson is 23, so we bought players who are going to be stable for the next years".
"Okay, some will have the luck to play Tuesday or Wednesday, or Saturday or Sunday, but in the end, the number of matches will be the same for everybody". But for the beginning of the season, we lost some important ones too: Rojo, Young, Shaw, Zlatan, players with injuries.
Such absentees means the United boss does not believe they have advanced hugely compared with this time a year ago, but he retains hope of making a fourth summer signing.
On the return of Ibrahimovic to the squad, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss said: "You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play". We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25 per cent would be for a player from the sides, but we have players.