Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Jose Mourinho aims early dig at 'serial winners' Liverpool and Tottenham

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Cary Erickson | 09 August, 2018, 15:42

A dispiriting Champions League exit against Sevilla in the last 16 also did little to engender a feelgood factor around Old Trafford, much like Mourinho's regular gripes concerning player availability and post-World Cup scheduling since his squad began preparations for the 2018-19 campaign. Certainly, Jose Mourinho has got his excuses in early.

The west London side have endured a hard summer following their fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last term.

The United manager had claimed that the shortlist he handed over to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the end of last season went largely ignored.

Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini were all given extended breaks after their countries reached the last four of the tournament and are uncertain to be fit enough to be involved.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League's but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is "not confident" of signing another player before Thursday's transfer deadline at 17:00 BST.

The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be".

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'Its hard for me to believe we finished second.

"When Antonio Conte came in they'd finished 10th and won the league".

"Lindelof the same, Jones the same and let's see if one of the others is ready to give us a help, 20 to 25 minutes".

Since losing our very first home match of the Premier League, against Everton in 1992/93, United have been beaten just once in an opening Old Trafford fixture.

"We have Fernandinho, [Ilkay] Gundogan can play there".

'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'. "After Riyad it was important to keep our players and add some good players to strengthen the team".