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Mourinho warns that lack of signings will result in a ‘difficult season.’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned that his club are in for a ‘difficult season,’ if they do not strengthen their squad before the transfer window shuts this coming Thursday at 5pm.

The Portuguese coach has been in a sullen humour throughout United’s pre-season preparations, due to a lack of transfer activity and an inability to work with many of his first-choice players because of the extended holidays they have been afforded after their exertions at the World Cup this summer in Russia.

Mourinho has insisted that he has made clear to his CEO Ed Woodward quite a while ago which players he would like to sign, while he also admitted that if he misses out on his targets Manchester United risk falling behind other members of the Premier League top six.

“My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time,” he told MUTV.

“He knows what I want, I know that he tries to do the best for me and I still have a few days to wait what is going to happen.

“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and have fantastic squads, like Chelsea, Tottenham or Manchester City, or they are investing massively like Liverpool, that are buying everything and everybody.

“And if we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”

United put in another lacklustre pre-season display tonight when they lost 1-0 away to German giants Bayern Munich. Mourinho’s side begin their Premier League campaign against Leicester City next Friday at Old Trafford.

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