Thursday, 16 August, 2018

José Mourinho does not expect any Manchester United deadline-day signings

John Aldridge: After winning the transfer war, Liverpool can now dream of Premier League glory Tottenham make history by completing no summer signings
Charles Bowen | 10 August, 2018, 13:33

Pogba played a crucial role for Didier Deschamps' triumphant side in Russian Federation, and the 25-year-old star returned to United training on Monday ahead of Friday's opening Premier League fixture of the season against Leicester City.

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches, maybe four matches because after Burnley there is national team and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better, is to focus on players available so I'm not thinking about that list I give you, I focus on what we have".

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

"I asked Pep directly, Premier League or Champions League?"

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Liverpool need to exit the Champions League early if they have any chance of winning the Premier League this season. Premier League came out of his mouth before we'd even finished the question. I think back to back titles is an obsession for them.

"They seem so intent and we spoke to Kompany and Walker, they seem so intent to not drop below the mentality and standards they achieved previous year".

Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League club since the summer transfer window began to fail to sign a single player but Mauricio Pochettino said he was happy for the club to "behave differently".

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"I think back to back titles is an obsession for them".

"The challenge for them is can they repeat that level of energy and that level of focus every three days?, but they are a challenge this year, Liverpool".

"United should be challenging", insisted Neville.

United should be challenging.

Press Association Sport understands United have been keen to sign a centre-back, but Leicester's reluctance to sell Harry Maguire looks to have scuppered any move for the England star. A club that's spent the money they've spent in the past few seasons and the players they've got [should be challenging]. That's an obscene amount of talent.

'We all know they needed a goalkeeper and they've got one of the best in Brazilian Alisson, while Virgil van Dijk now has his feet under the table as the team's defensive leader.

Pre-season has clearly been a frustrating time for Mourinho, while a perceived lack of respect for leading his side to second spot last term has got under his skin.

Gary Neville was speaking to promote Cadbury as the official snack partner of the Premier League.

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