Jose Mourinho does not believe Manchester United’s three signings in the close season have improved their squad.
United, who finished second in the Premier League last term, brought in goalkeeper Lee Grant, defender Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred, but Mourinho is thought to have wanted a new centre-back and has openly criticised the club’s failure to back him.
“It is the same, the same squad as last season,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“We changed the goalkeepers with Lee because Joel [Pereira, loaned to Vitoria de Setubal] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play.
“We changed Daley Blind [returned to Ajax] for a 19-year-old kid [Dalot] that we believe has the potential to play right-back or left-back. We changed Michael Carrick [retired] for Fred, so our squad is the same.
“[Fred] is a midfield player, he’s not a striker, not a central defender. He’s a midfield player that technically is very good.
“In that sense, typically, the Brazilian player has a very rich luggage in technical terms and also in some static beauty movements of football. He’s a player to really enjoy, if he adapts as soon as possible.”