Manchester United host Leicester City tonight for the eagerly-anticipated 2018/19 Premier League season curtain raiser.
But United are even more shorthanded by the quick turnaround between the World Cup and the start of the new season.
Despite no new defenders, Mourinho insisted he was happy with his squad, but accused critics of lying about any turmoil.
The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players, including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk, missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.
"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie".
"In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now".
"The players from a year ago are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", Klopp said during the club's promising preseason tour in the United States. I think one defensive mistake and probably the linesman could help him and give a free-kick against Leicester. Or you believe in the pundits and go with what they say. "We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title". "It depends on the music, but words for me don't come easy".
Despite being critical of the club, Scholes is hoping the Red Devils get their campaign off to a ideal start when they face Leicester City at 3am tomorrow. "As a Man United fan, winning is the most important thing".
United's top brass want to follow City by "developing young talents instead of going for big-money older stars" that Mourinho prefers.
"Pogba was a monster", Mourinho said.
The 29-year-old, who was a member of the national team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena during this transfer window, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain both linked with a potential bid.
City hasn't dipped into the deep pockets of its Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola's first two summers in charge, but has still strengthened with club-record signing Riyad Mahrez.