MOYES IS FAILING ALREADY!
He’ll pay for not signing star players, says Mourinho
JOSE MOURINHO reckons David Moyes will pay a heavy price for Manchester United’s failings in the summer transfer market.
Chelsea boss Mourinho insists his business is almost done, with Wayne Rooney his one remaining target following the capture of Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer.
And the Portuguese is adamant none of his big-name players will exit Stamford Bridge before the deadline.
By contrast, new United manager Moyes has so far failed to bring in any new stars to Old Trafford – with a double bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas having come to nothing.
The Scot admitted the Premier League champions could be forced to wait until the end of the window to seal major deals.
And he faces the prospect of further disruption if Chelsea do manage to prise Rooney away.
Mourinho believes that will destabilise United’s start to the campaign.
He said: “It depends on the philosophy of each one but, as a manager, the sooner you have the players the better.
“You know the squad you have, you know what you have to work with, you have time to do that.
“But yes, he (Moyes) is right. The market is open until September 2 and many clubs are waiting to the last moment to make their decisions – and those decisions affect a number of other clubs.
“The one who sells has to go and buy, then they have to buy to replace, so no club is safe.
“Until the last minute, a club can go there and steal a player... not steal a player, but steal the balance that a manager has when he’s working with a team.
“In that aspect, we are okay because we don’t have players to sell, so none of my players are leaving under any circumstances.
“Many teams will be under pressure until the last moment without knowing how the squad is going to be.”
The head-to-head rivalry between Moyes and Mourinho is already heating up. But the Chelsea boss refused to fan the flames when quizzed whether he has already started trying to get under the Scot’s skin.
Mourinho said: “If to say my colleague in United is a great coach, deserves success, deserves time to work, didn’t win trophies at Everton because it’s difficult to win trophies there... if that is playing mind games, what would you say if I speak bad about him?
“The best thing is not to speak, and if I don’t speak no-one says nothing.”
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole admits he still owes Mourinho big time.
The England man said: “Having the manager back now from 2006 when he bought me, I still feel I owe him something.
“I didn’t really feel I played as well as I could, and as well as I have for Chelsea since, when he bought me.
“On a personal level, I think I owe him a lot.”
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