CL Failure Could Lead To League Glory For Liverpool

Lawrence Kim
August 10, 2018

It's a courageous call to say that of the three promoted teams Fulham have enjoyed the better transfer window - and remember I'm writing this prior to Thursday's Deadline Day - given what Wolves have done in the transfer market, but not only do I think that, I also believe that the Cottagers have had one of the best windows of all Premier League clubs.

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".

Brazil worldwide Fred is the only player to have come in that is set to challenge for an instant starting berth , with Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant merely squad options for the present and future.

Mourinho had warned it would be a "difficult season" if United did not make any more acquisitions and it now looks like his side will miss out.

"I am not confident", Mourinho said.

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website).

The striker turned broadcast pundit believes Liverpool's mental edge over City following three victories against them last season - twice in the Champions League and once in the league - could be the difference if City do not runaway with the title in the manner they did last season.

On the eve of the new season, which starts with United's clash against Leicester, Mourinho also claimed that finishing second last season, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, was "one of the greatest achievements" of his career.

"I focus on the players I have for the first couple of matches".

Shearer said: It has been a long time since anyone won back-to-back titles but I think City will win the Premier League again because of Pep - he won't want their standards slipping. Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position past year was one of my biggest achievements in England'.

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic will all be unavailable for Friday's opener against Leicester.

"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 list of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players because everybody is different - physically and mentally - and to see how available they feel they are because their feeling is very important and understanding how they think they can help or not help". In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now. The amount of time he has spent injured over the past few seasons was enough to put United off any negotiations for the German.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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