José Mourinho does not expect any Manchester United deadline-day signings

Jose Mourinho

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

'My view is that first of all it's hard for me to believe we finished second, ' said Mourinho of last season. "We look forward to continuing to work with them to make the best Premier League action available to fans in the region for the next four seasons", said Richard Scudamore, executive chairman of the Premier League.

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

United play their first Premier League match of the season against Leicester on Friday at Old Trafford. 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.

"They returned on Monday", he said.

"Ander Herrera was injured against Bayern, [Nemanja] Matic was injured in the World Cup and had surgery in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago".

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And while Klopp would like that fortune to change he knows there are other factors which are more important. We went to finals. "We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool .

"He said: "[Sergio] Romero, he had a surgery after his injury, [Antonio] Valencia, he was injured in pre-eason, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, [Diogo] Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and he is not yet ready.

While Harry Maguire started for Leicester and Jamie Vardy came off the bench, Mourinho opted against starting Romelu Lukaku and used a number of unusual starters including Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Andreas Pereira, and Victor Lindelof.

"I know there has been a lot of talk about pre-season in the press but I am sure behind the scenes, Jose has been giving them the right amount of work".

The Portuguese believes runners-up are often portrayed as if they have been relegated and those who finish below them are presented as "serial winners".

"But I keep saying and thinking and feeling that the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

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