Mourinho frustrated with under-strength United squad

Monday, 30 Jul, 2018

Jose Mourinho has been brutally honest by admitting that Alexis Sanchez' unhappiness in Manchester United's pre-season defeat to Liverpool was justified.

Speaking after his side were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool in the International Champions Cup (ICC) on Saturday, Mourinho revealed that he gave the club a list of five players to sign.

United have made three signings but Mourinho fears he will not land both Leicester's Harry Maguire and Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic before August 9 transfer deadline.

Mourinho however has given updates on why the trio couldn't play the game which, although only a pre-season match, some might say highlighted the disparity in the strength in depth of our team and that of Liverpool.

"I think if you have the money, if you invest well, it is better than to have it in the bank". "I think it's possible I'm going to have one".

In it, he called on his board to deliver at least one new signing before the end of the transfer window, revealing he had given them a list of five names "months ago" and claimed United had been in the US this summer only to "survive" and to "get some not-too-ugly results".

"If it is possible it is possible, if it is not possible it is not possible".

From the squad that started the trip, Mourinho has lost Valencia and Nemanja Matic to injury, while Anthony Martial has returned home for the birth of his child.

"We start the game with nearly half the players who are not even going to belong to our squad on August 9 (transfer deadline day)". We don't have wingers, we don't have strikers. Alexis [Sanchez] is the only attacking player that we have.

"And the poor man is there trying his best with the frustration of someone who wants more".

'This is not my squad, not even 30 per cent my squad, ' he added. In what appeared to be a clear dig at the club's board and Ed Woodward, he also made it known that he'd submitted a list of five players to the club for one specific position - none of which have been signed.

"The atmosphere was good, but if I was them I wouldn't come".

"These people here showed how much they love their clubs". All they hear is the manager's negativity and complaints, and they, and the club and its supporters, need something more positive.

There was also further evidence that Mourinho's relationship with Martial is being stretched to breaking point, as he declared the Frenchman should be on his way back to the U.S. in order to help the team in their final friendly game against Real Madrid. "It was good fun".

The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward believes Liverpool will be in contention for honours under Klopp next season having invested heavily in a squad that reached the Champions League final in May.