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“We’re not the dream team”: Mourinho insists United aren’t title favourites

Date Posted,August 17, 2017

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United are not the Premier League’s “dream team” – despite their 4-0 win over West Ham on the opening weekend of the new season.

United stormed to the top of the table with their emphatic win, but Mourinho claimed the manner of the victory does not make his side the best team in the country or favourites for the title.

“I’m too experienced and stable to lose my discipline, my stability and to think a 4-0 really makes us the best team in the country, the favourites or the dream team,” said Mourinho.

“We’re not favourites, we’re not the dream team, we’re just a team with more confidence than last season, with more time of work together, but I’m calm.

“When I look to the last match, I like many, many things, but the challenge is not to repeat the result, because a 4-0 win is difficult to repeat in the Premier League, but to repeat the same kind of performance.

Mourinho insists United have some way to go (Image: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourinho was delighted with his side’s win last weekend (Image: Getty Images Europe)
United do have more confidence than last year, Mourinho says (Image: PA)

“We had good tactical discipline in the team, a really good clean sheet, played good football, had a good dynamic in attack, we were scoring goals, winning 1-0 and we kept playing to try to score more goals and to try to play well.

“I liked a lot. I liked the fact the three subs, who are normally disappointed people to be on the bench, even five minutes like Jesse Lingard, 10 like Anthony Martial or 15 like Marouane Fellaini, they performed at same level.

“But this is just the beginning. Last season we played three matches, had nine points and finished sixth.”

Ivan Perisic remains wanted by Mourinho (Image: Getty Images)

United remain in the hunt for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, but Mourinho said he would be happy to go with the squad he currently has if he cannot add a fourth summer signing before the August 31 transfer deadline.

“I don’t think we are [in the market] unless something happened that put us in market again,” said Mourinho.

“I told Mr Woodward obviously my plans were four but I also told him ‘no pressure from me – do what you think is the best for the club’.

“We will be together for another transfer window in January and next summer, so there is no pressure from me at all.

“I’m happy with the squad we have. I am ready to go without a fourth player. If we are out of the market I am fine. I am okay.”

Mourinho’s men head to Swansea this weekend (Image: Manchester United)

On plans to close the transfer window before the start of next season, Mourinho said: “My opinion is that we have to adapt to the situation, no matter what.

“As a football manager and not a marketing man, just as someone who wants to work with the team and with players, I would prefer the window to close as soon as possible, so everyone knows the players we have, and the deals will be done earlier and nobody will be waiting for the last week and we wouldn’t have a situation we sometimes have with players playing game No.1 for one team and game No.2 for another.”

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