Manchester United aim to defy Mourinho's doubts in Premier League opener

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"People ask "can you improve on 100 points" and I say no because we are not here to do that".

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

The Portuguese coach has clearly been disappointed by the club's close-season spending and has rued the fact that, like other top-flight clubs, many of his squad have had minimal preparation having had time off to recover from the World Cup.

And ahead of his side's Premier League season opener against Leicester on Friday night, Mourinho addressed reporters' questions about whether United would be getting any late business done on deadline day.

Jurgen Klopp's men demonstrated their ability to beat City on the big occasion last season, winning three of the four meetings between the sides, including a 5-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarter-finals.

"Of course it's hard to understand for people that Tottenham didn't sign or sell a player, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently and we're happy with our squad".

Manchester United lost their hope to sign the Belgian after the initial disagreement but now reached an agreement to sign the player but only after Tottenham is able to secure the replacement.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to back the manager and sign Jose Mourinho's number one target.

"It's a massive challenge for us because it's new".

"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next".

From his first weeks in Manchester, Mourinho insisted Sanchez's struggles would be forgotten when he hit the ground running after a full pre-season under his belt.

"I think it was a great job from the club to keep the best players - and the best manager".

Stars such as Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku all returned to Carrington to begin training this week, but they won't be ready to make appearances.

"I am happy to keep all the squad together. But we don't believe a lot in the winter market and for sure next season it will be better for him", Mourinho said after beating City to his signature.

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