Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss 'not confident' of deadline day signing

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The 2018-19 edition of the Premier League will kick off this Friday night when Manchester United face off against Leicester City at the Old Trafford. Chelsea and Arsenal, however, have been tipped to finish in the fifth and sixth positions respectively, just like they did in the 2017-18 season.

Manchester United's hopes of signing a centre-back before the transfer deadline rest on clubs and agents lowering their demands, sources have told ESPN FC. Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera left the field of play with suspected injuries, but both are expected to make a return as it is assumed their substitutions were precautionary.

Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini were all given extended breaks after their countries reached the last four of the tournament and are uncertain to be fit enough to be involved. Jonny Evans, James Maddison and Nampalys Mendy are all doubts for the opening fixture.

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Liverpool and Tottenham on the eve of the new season, saying they "win nothing" but are painted as "serial winners" while his Manchester United get no credit.

"I think a team that is working for six weeks minimum, with all the players except one central defender and one striker that can join in the last week and probably be available, I think that is clear, a much better situation for them".

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Jose Mourinho has repeatedly expressed his desire to strengthen Manchester United's defence after they finished second in the Premier League last term.

"If we don't make our team better, it will be a hard season for us". They each came up with their own top four. Let us know in the comments section. "We lost Riyad Mahrez [to Manchester City], who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad".

'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'.

On the chances of Vardy or Maguire featuring in the season opener: "If we are serious I think they can not participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team".