Manchester United's Jose Mourinho not confident of new signings before deadline

Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen effect of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge.

"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time".

City won the title with a record-breaking 100-point haul last season and although Liverpool have been tipped to challenge this term, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says his team are "Rocky Balboa"-type underdogs".

"I just don't see United getting closer to City".

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

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

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

The Gunners kicked off last season with an exciting win over Leicester, and this year we're thinking something similar will happen against Guardiola's side.

I repeat: "pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that". "When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, 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".

'Its hard for me to believe we finished second.

With so much business being done since the end of last season, it has been tough to keep track of who has gone where. In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

"I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

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