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Shearer: Don't write off Manchester United

How Manchester City lined up in the 2-1 second leg defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final How Manchester City lined up in the 2-1 second leg defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final
Jennie Wade | 10 August, 2018, 15:40

United's boss, about to begin his third season at the helm at Old Trafford, has cut a disgruntled figure during the summer, apparently unhappy with the club's transfer window activity.

Manchester City won the league 19 points ahead of their bitter rivals United last term but Mourinho feels like it was a great success when he takes into account some of the criticism he faced.

Manchester United have been hit by injuries throughout the pre-season tour of the United States and there are plenty of first-team stars that have only just returned from their holidays due to exploits in the World Cup this summer.

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".

"I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to the first three matches, because after Spurs there is an worldwide break and I have a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare them better". Unai Emery, he says, will need another two transfer windows to hew Arsenal into contenders while he "loves Mauricio Pochettino to bits", he lists four major stumbling blocks to Tottenham's hopes of a first Premier League title: "They haven't signed anyone, they've got their first four games away, they've changed stadiums and they've had I think nine players out of the starting 11 playing in the very latter stages of the World Cup".

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

Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available. I told that during pre-season.

"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, that's as simple as that".

'You are capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League's but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

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