Mourinho takes swipe at United's detractors

Manchester United's Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santo 'Fred' during the preseason International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at the Michigan Stadium. (Pic by David

City won the league by 19 points, finishing with record goals and wins in the process.

Having previously managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola is used to high expectations. Ivan Perisic, the Croatia worldwide, also featured prominently on Mourinho's wish list but it now seems that United's summer transfer business will be restricted to the arrivals of Fred, the injured Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.

"This is the first time it wasn't like that and maybe in the future it will be revised, I will start the season with the players that I will have all year".

Mourinho was asked about his tactics at this morning's media conference ahead of the Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Mr Bridge said: "On balance, the earlier deadline for the transfer in of players may have contributed towards a reduction in gross player transfer spending by the Premier League clubs".

Liverpool FC finished in fourth spot in the Premier League table to secure successive finishes in the Champions League qualification places under Klopp.

Sergio Romero, Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Matic are all injured for Leicester's visit, while Mourinho needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup.

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"They returned on Monday".

"Because it is very important their feeling and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made slightly early returns so could be involved on Friday, perhaps helping to boost the mood of a manager who has looked downbeat for much of the summer. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

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

Figures released by Deloitte's sport business group showed top-flight clubs spent an estimated £1.23billion before Thursday's pre-season deadline - down £200million from last summer's window.

"Equally, it appears to have removed the element of panic-buying, whereby a club may have a poor start to the season and think "we've got to go out and spend to safeguard our future in the Premier League".

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