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Man Utd boss Mourinho predicts unchanged starting XI

Jose Mourinho is hopeful Eric Bailly could play against Real

Jose Mourinho is now the bookmakers' favourite - yes, favourite - to become the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season.

But Mourinho, who has bemoaned the lack of established players he has on United's U.S. tour, says that is too soon after the World Cup and the start should be a week later.

Nemanja Matic is also sidelined for the foreseeable future after undergoing abdominal surgery.

"I agree totally with the window closing at the same time the Premier League starts".

Mourinho pulled no punches after his side's 4-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool in MI on Saturday, saying he had got "nothing" from the game - a theme that has run throughout the crisis-hit tour of the States. Jose Mourinho's men then met arch-rivals Liverpool in the second game of the tournament in front of over 100,000 spectators in Ann Arbor.

Quoting reliable French news channel Paris United, the report revealed that the Old Trafford dwellers offered the Ligue 1 side first refusal on the forward last week.

"It's not going to be very different".

Stillitano added: "I feel like I am president of the Jose Mourinho fan club".

"They didn't go to the game, the stadium was empty".

"This is not our team, not our squad. That is why we still have him and why he is going to stay with us because football teams need people like him and Herrera, these kind of players, where the club is more important than anything else". So this is not our squad. But this is not even 30 per cent of my squad, so don't look to this that way.

The new boss, formerly a player at the club and the coach of Castilla, risked his place at the World Cup with Spain to sign on with Los Blancos and ultimately paid the price for mistrust in the eyes of the RFEF. But we can't do it. So, I think we have fantastic players, but of course, always the managers want to improve their teams, but it's not my business.

The Reds have two more games before opening their Premier League campaign against Leicester City.

Asked if he will know his best starting line-up, even if he is only able to bring one more new face in, Mourinho, speaking to Be:In Sport, said: "More or less, I know".

"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. "If I sign one player before the window closes, that's fine".

"If it's possible it's possible, if not, it's not". "We've played against quality opponents".

"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]".

Fred made his first United appearance off the bench in Saturday's 4-1 friendly loss to Liverpool after enjoying his post-World Cup downtime. I think he's a team boy, a great boy and an honest man, honest to give everything for the team.

"Martial, he had the baby and after the baby was born, handsome baby, full of health thank God, he should be here but he's not here". "Alexis is the only striker we have".