Manchester United's hopes of reinforcing their squad before Thursday's 5pm transfer deadline appear to be over after José Mourinho said his latest information was that the club had been unable to secure any of their targets.
On the eve of the new season, which starts with United's clash against Leicester, Mourinho also claimed that finishing second last season, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, was "one of the greatest achievements" of his career.
United manager Jose Mourinho, entering his third season at Old Trafford, has looked like a Bassett Hound for most of the summer, predicting a "difficult season" for a team which finished second in May. "The market closes today so there's time at least for me to stop thinking about it".
"I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".
Sources told ESPN FC on Wednesday that while United were still pursuing a centre-back, but the chase has become problematic during the final hours of the window.
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Jerome Boateng was another option but Bayern Munich have not been keen to sanction a loan move.
Sources also say United have baulked at the agent fees involved in signing Mina from Barcelona while sources close to the club have knocked down reports of a bid for Chelsea's Kurt Zouma. 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.
"Unavailable is Romero - he had a surgery after his injury before the World Cup".
"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".
Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available.
"They returned on Monday", he said.