Friday, 19 October, 2018

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho not confident of new signings before deadline

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Shearer said: It has been a long time since anyone won back-to-back titles but I think City will win the Premier League again because of Pep - he won't want their standards slipping.

The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil worldwide midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing.

Any hope with which Manchester United supporters woke up on transfer deadline day has quickly been quashed by Jose Mourinho.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Liverpool need to exit the Champions League early if they have any chance of winning the Premier League this season.

"They seem so intent and we spoke to Kompany and Walker, they seem so intent to not drop below the mentality and standards they achieved a year ago".

As for the main challengers, Neville lists United, Liverpool and Chelsea are the only potential rivals for City's crown. "That's why I am backing Jurgen Klopp's side to pip them to the title".

As for the challengers, then.

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

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I think it'll be tough but if they were to go of the Champions League and they had free weeks after Christmas, Saturday-to-Saturday they could be a real threat this season to City.

By contrast, fellow promoted side Cardiff City had endured a poor transfer window in the eyes of many after missing out on several targets, but they at least bolstered their midfield options with Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa on Thursday. But they are a challenger this year, Liverpool.

"United should be challenging", insisted Neville.

United should be challenging.

Sources told ESPN FC on Wednesday that while United were still pursuing a centre-back, but the chase has become problematic during the final hours of the window. A club that's spent the money they've spent in the past few seasons and the players they've got [should be challenging].

As such, he is standing by the complaints that soundtracked United's pre-season fixtures.

Gary Neville was speaking to promote Cadbury as the official snack partner of the Premier League.