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Why Blackpool and Fleetwood Town can still sign players after the transfer window has closed

Why Blackpool and Fleetwood Town can still sign players after the transfer window has closed

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho thinks finishing second last season was one of his greatest achievements as a manager. "I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have".

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)". He was also asked a follow-up question to clarify that there would be no incomings or outgoings throughout the day.

Manchester City are favourites to be the first team since Neville's United to retain the Premier League, with the chasing pack hoping that a renewed focus on the Champions League might lead to City taking their eye off the defence of their title.

He said that he believes Liverpool will finish ahead of Manchester United in second place and Tottenham Hotspur will finish fourth despite a summer in which Mauricio Pochettino's team did not spend a penny in the transfer market.

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The amount of time he has spent injured over the past few seasons was enough to put United off any negotiations for the German. The Portuguese went some way to countering suggestions he is unhappy with his squad at his pre-match press conference.

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I have references on him from players like Pepe Reina and other players. "If he ends up here one day, that would be fantastic". As ever, get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook . "From today, I can achieve the dream I had as a child".

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"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".

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. "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it".

Brazil global 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.

'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'.

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