However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth.
A busy conclusion to the Premier League transfer window continued as Chelsea signed Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan deal, but Jose Mourinho does not expect Manchester United to make any further additions.
The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Is not an opportunity, is a match, an important match, we would prefer to have a couple more days but decision was to be first to play and that's it.
"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".
"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League's but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".
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"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", said the manager. I am happy with all the players at the moment'.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were among the last players to return to training and the Portuguese boss will be desperate for them to reach full fitness again.
"In Championship Manager you can just press a button", he stated.
The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be".
But Mourinho rounded on unfavourable comparisons between his side and Liverpool and Spurs, who also finished the season trophyless and below United in the table last season.
'It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football, you need to behave different'.