Jose Mourinho aims early dig at 'serial winners' Liverpool and Tottenham

Jose Mourinho aims early dig at 'serial winners' Liverpool and Tottenham

The Red Devils had been linked with moves for Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng before a surprise candidate emerged in the form of Chelsea's Kurt Zouma late on Wednesday night.

"I am not confident".

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.

"Do I think he will still be manager of Manchester United this time next year?"

The club have brought in some useful players in Fred, Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant but those transfers haven't exactly got pulses racing.

Asked whether he he believed there would be any movement in or out of Old Trafford on deadline day, Mourinho replied: "The information I have is no".

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Premier League new boys Cardiff City, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers all sit mid-table in our unique chart, and that promoted triumvirate will be eager to build on their decent records, but it's not such great viewing for Southampton (3 wins), Newcastle United (4 wins), Bournemouth (5 wins) and Everton (5 wins) fans, while Tottenham Hotspur have a shocking opening day record for a team that will want to be challenging for the title, as they have only won six of their last 20 opening day matches, but they will fancy downing Newcastle on Saturday, who they defeated 2-0 on the opening day of the season past year.

That felt like a reference to Liverpool but, more importantly for United, it was also an admission that it will need a dramatic improvement this season for his own team to bridge the gap.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

"The manager is obviously not happy about the signings he hasn't been able to make and not having certain players available on their pre-season tour, which isn't nice to hear if you are a young kid trying to make your mark on the fringes of the squad".

Mourinho did confirm that Alexis Sanchez, who was a highlight for United over pre-season, is fit and firing though. I repeat: "pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

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