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Jose Mourinho: 'Manchester United left in a difficult position'

Mourinho: 'I'm left in a difficult position'
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits to being disappointed by his side's transfer business, but now intends to draw a line under the matter.

Jose Mourinho has insisted that he should be referred to as a "head coach" and not a manager in another apparent swipe at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Speaking after the Red Devils' 2-1 win over Leicester City in their opening Premier League match on Friday evening, the Portuguese was unable to hide his disappointment at missing out on his top transfer targets.

United moved quickly to add Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant and Fred to their ranks during the summer window, but Mourinho feels that his squad has not been significantly upgraded since the end of last season.

Having failed to land the new centre-back that he craved, Mourinho says that he is now in a difficult position.

"It's important to win and play well, we played well in periods against a good team that invest more than us," he told Sky Sports News after the match. "We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have.

"Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt. It will be a difficult season for everybody, not just for us. I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

"It's the last time I speak about it. It's over, the market is closed. That's football management. I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches. We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title."

Mourinho is now unbeaten in all 18 of his opening league matches of a season as a manager and has won nine out of 10 in the Premier League.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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