Ex-star happy with his time at Manchester United

Has Jose Mourinho earned an average second season at Man United?

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United could still sign one more player, but he will not be "crying" if they do not.

United start their Premier League campaign at home on Sunday when the Hammers travel to Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

United enjoyed success in the cup competitions last term, winning both the Europa League and League Cup, but Carrick insists the club must improve on last season's sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

"I'm happy with the effort the club made and happy the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts".

"So between the players we lost and the players we got, I think we are in a similar situation".

That is a big change from a year ago, when United played only five pre-season matches after a friendly against Manchester City in Beijing was called off.

Last season Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the only player to reach double figures in league goals with 17, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were the next best with just six goals each. "I'm really happy to start the Premier League this weekend because our pre-season was very complete and was a pre-season organised in a way where we start playing MLS teams and ended playing against the best teams in Europe". "He wants more at football's highest level, so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season". It's not something urgent, it's nothing that you are desperate to have it done or not done.

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However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young.

Ahead of the Premier League opener against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday, he said: "My initial analysis from January and progressing through other months I was thinking of four players but I am not a hard person to work with, even if looks different or you want to make it look so".

"But I was not thinking of him because I never go to players who I think are the impossible mission".

He added: "If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive by August 31, I will not moan".

"We have a central midfielder and a striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides, but we have players and if we can not strengthen then we have people we trust". "He's not got a contract, but he's still close to Manchester, and the fact we are involved in the Super Cup now is also his merit".

"If we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have players that we can trust".

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