Jose Mourinho couldn’t hide his emotions about the lack of transfer activities despite Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City, suggesting he should be called “head coach” rather than a “manager.”
Mourinho made it known he was short of personnel in the game against the Foxes because most of his first-team regulars missed much of their pre-season following the World Cup.
Paul Pogba who captained the team converted from the spot, while Luke Shaw opened his account in a United shirt ensured the win for the night despite a nervy ending.
The Portuguese manager pointed out the opposition had invested more than the Red Devils.
“In the Premier League, we must get used to playing teams with the same quality we have,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “Forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirts. Every team is a good team.”
Mourinho gave United’s top executives his wish list for the season, but the deadline passed without any further additions.
Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin were all identified as centre-back targets.
When questioned if there was a problem with United’s hierarchy not agreeing with the names put forward, Mourinho said: “That’s football management.
“Football is changing. Probably football managers should be called more head coaches. We have big multi-functional coaching staffs, and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.”
He added: “I had my plans for many months and I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League, with the market closed, I find myself in a situation which I did not think I was going to be in.
“I think it will be the last time I speak about it. It’s finished, the market is closed and no more talk about it.”