Jose Mourinho not surprised by Man Utd's terrible Premier League start as he claims he warned Ed Woodward

After two straight defeats, the under-pressure Old Trafford boss visits Burnley today claiming he predicted problems months ago.

He moaned: “I said that in the summer before the competition started.”

Mourinho has fallen out with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over United not signing a centre-back in the summer.

He has stressed United’s second place last season was one of his finest achievements.

But the Portuguese heads into today’s Turf Moor clash still complaining that his plans for this term have been undermined.

The United boss, who this week described himself as one of the greatest managers in the world, has again pointed to his dodgy defence as a reason for their failings.

He gave Woodward a list of five centre-back targets — but did not manage to get any of them.

And he also said his bid to make United a more attacking, attractive team is being held back by not being able to rely on his rearguard.

In a statement that will hardly help the confidence of the defenders he does have, he claimed: “The teams that are really, really good offensively are the teams that are very, very solid from the back.”

Mourinho also hinted that it will be difficult to play in the same adventurous fashion as the likes of chief rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

He added: “They play the way they play and we play the way we play.

“I don’t even want to try to say something in relation to that. They are what they are and we are what we are.”

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