Jose Mourinho 'not confident' of deadline day signings

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Mourinho said it was "time to stop thinking about the market" and, unless there is a dramatic change throughout the day, that means United will be trying to win their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season without the new centre-half that the manager had identified as a priority. As it stands, Alderweireld and Maguire are considered too expensive, while Bayern Munich have knocked back a loan move for Boateng.

The transfer window may officially shut at 5pm on Thursday but Blackpool and Fleetwood can still be active in the transfer market thanks to an EFL rule.

"I asked Pep directly, Premier League or Champions League?" However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth. "The information I have is no", he replied matter-of-factly.

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But he was quick to point out his United side were closest to runaway leaders Manchester City last season, even if they finished 19 points adrift. Is not an opportunity, is a match, an important match, we would prefer to have a couple more days but decision was to be first to play and that's it. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

"So it's hard for me to understand or to feel or to believe that we finished second, which I keep saying that I - and sometimes it's also hard to believe - that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues".

As for the main challengers, Neville lists United, Liverpool and Chelsea are the only potential rivals for City's crown.

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"They returned on Monday", he said. In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived before the end of July, with Jurgen Klopp eager to work with his full squad throughout pre-season.

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