Manchester United's transfer problems in the preseason have made Jose Mourinho more of a head coach than a manager, as his goals were reportedly rejected.
United was linked to several new players in various positions on the pitch during the last season, but in the end only Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant came.
Thursday's media speculation suggests that the reason why United was not as active as expected was due to the club's hierarchy that outsmarted Mourinho on his primary targets.
And the Portuguese seemed to confirm these reports following Friday's inconspicuous 2-1 win over Leicester City in the 2018-19 Premier League opening game, a campaign he says are "difficult" for his side becomes.
"I think football is changing and football managers should probably become head coach, I think we're more head coach than manager," Mourinho told Sky Sports.
"It will be a difficult season for everyone.
"It's going to be a difficult season for us because I had my plans and I had my plans for many months, and I started the Premier League season without a situation that I thought was possible."
United's Friday performance failed to build on Paul Pogba's early penalty as they were dominated by Leicester for spells before Luke Shaw scored an important second goal in the final minutes.
Mourinho came in 3-back after his side had added extra time in stoppage time to Jamie Vardy in injury time, indicating he had to make six changes during the game.
"Sir. [Richard] Scudamore [the Premier League’s executive chairman] has to be happy, "he said. It's a good way to start the Premier League. A good game.
"A game where I needed six changes, not three, I want to play [Anthony] Martial, but I can not. Paul Pogba can not play for 90 minutes, Fred the same. I need more changes.
"It was not easy to handle the game from the sideline, but I told the players that we had good times, lots of insights into the kind of football we wanted to play.
"Leicester was strong in the times, but we did it as a team."