Mourinho takes swipe at United's detractors

Mourinho's side take on Leicester in Friday's Premier League opener

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website). I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.

"If we don't make our team better, it will be a hard season for us", Mourinho warned earlier this week, so far to no avail ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline. But you can not have the players that arrived on the last Monday, after World Cup semi-finals, finals and three weeks of holidays, you can not expect them to be fit. Now the 2018-19 season should be the time to get that first piece of silverware of the Jurgen Klopp era, as they have a squad that's locked and loaded.

"They returned on Monday".

By contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday's kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal. Valencia - he was injured in pre-season.

Yet, based on the World Cup performances of Golden Boot victor Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen among others, there is still plenty for Mauricio Pochettino to look forward to. [Nemanja] Matic - injured in the World Cup and surgery in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. "He's in a hard position now, I think, but he needs to try and find a way out of it".

"I see a good stable team, not anymore the team which has been promoted to the Premier League".

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       Owen Coyle told Sky Sports News that Mourinho needs to make at least one more signing
1:03 Owen Coyle told Sky Sports News that Mourinho needs to make at least one more signing

Not only have Fulham seen off interest from Spurs in England under-21 global Ryan Sessegnon, but have spent over 70 million pounds on some stellar signings. In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

I've spoken to Pep twice on Sky since the end of the season, we did a programme the other day with Dave Jones and Jamie Carragher asking questions.

The Bayern Munich centre-half has been linked with a potential move to Manchester United over the past few days following a disappointing World Cup campaign.

The ingredients appear to be in place for another Mourinho meltdown should United get off to a bad start and he believes even the scheduling of his side's opening fixture has made his task even harder.

Last year, EFL clubs voted to bring the closure of the window in-line with that of Premier League clubs - meaning that the transfer window closed at 5pm on August 9.

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