Jose Mourinho expects Manchester United to reach the end of the month without landing his fourth transfer target.
United have delivered three names on Mourinho’s summer wishlist at a cost of more than £150m – Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and centre-half Victor Lindelof.
The last of those new arrivals did not even make the bench for the 4-0 win over West Ham which left reports‘ pundits predicting an “amazing” season ahead.
Asked ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea whether he expected further signings, the manager said: “I don’t think we are, unless something happened that put us in the market again.
“I told Mr Woodward that obviously my plans were four, but I also told him ‘be cool, no pressure from me, do what you think is best for the club’.
“We will be together again for another transfer window in January and another next summer, so there is no pressure from me at all. I’m happy with the squad we have and I’m ready to go without the fourth player.
“If we are out of the market, I’m fine. I’m ready.”
Mourinho stressed his “stability and discipline” remained the same despite the promise of the opening-weekend win which saw Lukaku score twice on his debut and Matic star in midfield, saying: “We are not the favourites, not the dream team.”
But he added: “I liked a lot. The fact the three subs – normally disappointed to be on the bench – even for five minutes like Jesse Lingard, 10 like Anthony Martial, 15 like Marouane Fellaini – they performed at the same level [as the starting XI].
“Even in the stands I had good players I didn’t even select. I’m happy but its just the beginning. Last season we had three matches and nine points and we finished sixth, so I’m not going to lose my stability and my discipline because of the first day.”