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However, former Newcastle striker and the all time leading Premier League goal scorer Alan Shearer thinks that Mourinho's whinging is unwarranted, and his side will be a force to be reckoned with.

But Mourinho has been keen on bolstering his squad further after they finished second last season, 19 points behind champions Manchester City.

Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody has followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second because you [the media] are capable of making people who finished second look like they were relegated and capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners".

In late July the Portuguese said he was confident of getting at least one more signing through the door, but hopes have faded as Thursday's 5pm deadline edged closer. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

His side face Leicester City in their opening fixture at Old Trafford on Friday and it was put to Mourinho that there was a perception the club had gone backwards over the summer.

Mourinho heads into the Leicester match with a hefty injury list, including key midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, while a host of other stars of only recently returned from their break after World Cup duty. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready". In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil worldwide midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing.

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