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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
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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