Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Jose Mourinho

GETTY Paul Scholes thinks Mourinho's side will struggle to catch Man City

The Red Devils are set for another disappointing season unless they show a significant improvement on the pitch, but even then it is extremely unlikely that they will dethrone their noisy neighbours Manchester City.

When asked whether he expected to welcome a fresh additions to his United squad, Mourinho offered these comments: "The information I have is no".

Richard Scudamore, Premier League executive chairman, said: "We know there are many passionate fans of Premier League clubs right across the Middle East and North Africa, and that BeIN Sports does an excellent job making the competition available to them". To improve is not about points or statistics, sometimes you play better and don't win.

"I said many times, we can not spend every season what we spent last season".

Last season's champions, Manchester City are the opposition for Unai Emery's first competitive match in charge of the Gunners.

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However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season.

This comes after an unprecedented summer spend in 2017 saw the former Barcelona coach totally restructure his team, turning them into Premier League winners. "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it". "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

While Harry Maguire started for Leicester and Jamie Vardy came off the bench, Mourinho opted against starting Romelu Lukaku and used a number of unusual starters including Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Andreas Pereira, and Victor Lindelof. It is hard for me to understand we finish second. Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position a year ago was one of my biggest achievements in England'.

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.

"But I keep saying and thinking and feeling that the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

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