Jose Mourinho's constant carping and foul mood during Manchester United's increasingly tortuous tour of the United States is raising questions about team morale and title hopes just over a week away from the start of the new Premier League season.
Manchester United will have to pay an inflated transfer fee to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic this summer, according to a report in England.
"I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get, which is not a drama", Mourinho told beIN SPORTS.
Asked if he was confident he would get both, ...
Why? Well, because pre-season has been a bit of a nightmare for the Manchester United boss so far.
"I don't think he is a great leader", Mourinho said of Bailly while adding that newly-appointed captain Antonio Valencia's physical preparation was below expectations.
"We basically have the same players.
If I sign one player before the window closes, that's fine".
Manchester United kick-off the new Premier League campaign on Friday August 10 with a home fixture against Leicester at Old Trafford. "I'm not a big fan of one player starting the season with one club and then a couple of weeks later the window is open, he moves to another club and he plays against his former club - I really don't like that".
Bookmakers are now taking bets on Mourinho becoming the first Premier League manager to be sacked or leave his post this season.
Mourinho has nine players out injured, while a further eight still on extended breaks following their exploits in the Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation this summer and not due back in training until this week.
It could also mean that some of United's business goes beyond the close of the Premier League window next week, if Madrid move late. The short-term requirement for players to return to training early has to be balanced with the need to ensure they are recharged and rested after the World Cup.
"We start the game with nearly half the players who are not even going to belong to our squad on August 9 [transfer deadline day]".