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CL Failure Could Lead To League Glory For Liverpool

CL Failure Could Lead To League Glory For Liverpool

United look set to go through the full transfer window without signing a centre-half, in spite of Mourinho's well-documented desire to add a high-profile central defender to his ranks.

United start the Premier League season at home to Leicester City on Friday and Mourinho took the opportunity at his pre-match news conference to take a swipe at what he views as fatalistic commentary on his reign from the media, in contrast with praise awarded to unnamed counterparts who fail to lift major honours.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is "not confident" he will get any new signings before the transfer deadline.

United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed", Mourinho said.

Both clubs finished below United last season in the Premier League yet Mourinho claims they are projected as "serial winners" despite failing to land a trophy since 2012 and 2008 respectively.




Asked whether he he believed there would be any movement in or out of Old Trafford on deadline day, Mourinho replied: "The information I have is no". I repeat: "pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

"I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches".

"They returned on Monday", he said.

He said that he believes Liverpool will finish ahead of Manchester United in second place and Tottenham Hotspur will finish fourth despite a summer in which Mauricio Pochettino's team did not spend a penny in the transfer market. "I keep saying that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling that second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available.

"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".