Man United hopeful of making one more signing, says Mourinho

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United have struggled to impress in pre-season with a patchy squad that has been depleted through injuries and key players resting after the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The club's inconsistent performances has led Mourinho to express his frustration on multiple occasions throughout the USA tour, including criticising individual players and United's lack of transfer activity. I know what (Ander) Herrera is, I know what (Juan) Mata is, I know what (Alexis) Sánchez is, I know what they are...

Unlike rivals Liverpool and champions Manchester City, two Premier League contenders whose pre-season has included solid preparations and astute transfers, Manchester United watchers see nothing to celebrate as the 55-year-old Portuguese manager prepares for his third term at Old Trafford.

'We have a fantastic spirit in the majority of the players, I repeat, in the majority of the players. What I don't agree with is that the Premier League starts now.

Spanish global David de Gea was making his first start since returning from the extra time given to him following the World Cup and he was nearly beaten in the eighth minute - Bale starting a move which saw Benzema fire just wide from close range.

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However, the 24-year-old defender stepped in when Chris Smalling sustained an injury in the warm-up at Michigan Stadium and played the entire 90 minutes of his side's 4-1 defeat to the Reds.

The Spanish giants were cut down to size early on when Matteo Darmian cut back a cross into the Madrid box for Sanchez to steer home past Kiko Casilla. "He is improving, just like the rest of the team".

Asked if he was confident he would get both, the United boss said: "No".

"People like Herrera, Bailly, Darmian, Mata, all these guys, were phenomenal during the whole pre-season, playing nearly every minute of every game".