Rio Ferdinand predicts where Man United, Liverpool FC will finish

Rio Ferdinand predicts where Man United, Liverpool FC will finish

The transfer window may have officially shut yesterday, but Derby County can still see some transfer activity thanks to an EFL rule.

Mourinho also suggested he had not been given enough credit for guiding United to a runners-up finish in the Premier League last season, as he again suggested the negativity around the club was misplaced.

Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Manchester United's detractors a day ahead of his side's Premier League opener at home to Leicester City.

"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. He was also asked a follow-up question to clarify that there would be no incomings or outgoings throughout the day.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said.

The Old Trafford outfit have not won the Premier League since 2013 and Mourinho has been tasked with delivering some silverware this season.

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'Its hard for me to believe we finished second.

The former United man was keen to point out that Liverpool will be a challenge to reigning Champions City, but that having a "free week" due to lack of European football would be hugely beneficial to the Merseyside club's quest for a domestic title.

"They returned on Monday". A club that's spent the money they've spent in the past few seasons and the players they've got [should be challenging].

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made slightly early returns so could be involved on Friday, perhaps helping to boost the mood of a manager who has looked downbeat for much of the summer.

"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".

"I think they need to go out of the Champions League pre Christmas to have a good chance of winning the league".

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