Jose Mourinho has told The Times he will need another summer transfer window to put the finishing touches to his Manchester United team before it is ready to compete for the biggest trophies at home and abroad.
Mourinho spent nearly £150 million on three new players this summer after splashing out the same amount on four new arrivals 12 months ago.
He made no secret of his desire to make one more signing before last week's transfer deadline, although interest in Ivan Perisic, Gareth Bale and Danny Rose ultimately came to nothing
He says United's quick business saved them nearly £75m on Lukaku alone, explaining: "I think we were very clever. "We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever. Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season, after Neymar, everything changed -- and changed for the worse in terms of prices. "I think Lukaku on Aug. 31 would have been £150m. Matic would have been £60m or £70m. Neymar changed everything."