Mourinho: United Still Last Season Strong

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Jose Mourinho has insisted that his squad has not been strengthened, and is similar to last season’s squad.

The Reds signed Lee Grant, Diogo Darlot and Fred, coming in as replacement for the vacant spots in the squad.

And Mourinho has stated, ahead of their league opener against Leicester, he is working with the same crop of players from last season.

“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.”

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