Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener


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.

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Liverpool and Tottenham on the eve of the new season, saying they "win nothing" but are painted as "serial winners" while his Manchester United get no credit.

The Old Trafford outfit have signed Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant so far this summer in an attempt to close the gap.

United face Leicester in the Premier League's curtain-raiser on Friday (8pm).

The Red Devils were the closest challengers to record-breaking rivals Manchester City in 2017-18, but still finished some 19 points off the pace.

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A man now on the books of MLS side D.C. United said: "I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right".

"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.

"This is the first time it wasn't like that and maybe in the future it will be revised, I will start the season with the players that I will have all year".

"My view is that, first of all, it is hard for me to believe we finished second because when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - you [the media] are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, you make them look like serial winners".

"It is hard to believe that we finished second because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners". It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

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"The target is Leicester match and the tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button", he said.

"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said in his press conference earlier today, as per The Mirror.

Arsene Wenger finally left the London club at the end of last season, and now Unai Emery has the task of building Arsenal back up to where their fans think they should be: league champions.

Figures released by Deloitte's sport business group showed top-flight clubs spent an estimated £1.23billion before Thursday's pre-season deadline - down £200million from last summer's window.

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