Mourinho takes swipe at United's detractors

Mourinho takes swipe at United's detractors

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to add a central defender to his squad, but sources insist United are adamant they will not be held to ransom in the final hours of the window and are prepared to start the season with the squad they have.

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Paul Pogba was one of Jose Mourinho's first signings when he came to Manchester United and the French midfielder has, for the most part, lived up to his reputation in the Premier League.

For the duration of transfer deadline day, Barcelona's Yerry Mina and André Gomes were reported to be closing in on moves to Merseyside, undergoing medicals amid discussions with the club.

The Spaniard needs a fresh challenge, under Mourinho in the Premier League he started 19 games out of 38 two years ago and 23 matches last season.

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While optimism is growing at Anfield, the same can not be said at last season's runners-up Manchester United who kick off the new season on Friday at home to Leicester City with a squad that is under-cooked, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford have since returned from their World Cup exertions but both are unlikely to be fit enough for 90 minutes against Leicester, possibly leaving Sanchez as the focal point of United's attack. If I felt we could not improve the team I would call my chairman and say: "I leave".

United finished above them last season.

At the World Cup this year, he provided an assist and scored his first senior goal for England in the 2-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden.

I think they know they're not really going to be seen as a great team and that Pep is not going to be seen as someone that has dominated English football if he doesn't win two in two or three in three. You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that.

As for the main challengers, Neville lists United, Liverpool and Chelsea are the only potential rivals for City's crown.

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