Jose Mourinho: 'Manchester United left in a hard position'

Jose Mourinho: 'Manchester United left in a hard position'

On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup in Russian Federation, a shortened transfer window that closes 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many teams scrambling to get stronger at the last minute - none more so than Manchester United. "But at the same time they've got something to prove and a year ago we gave most teams a run".

"I've got to be honest, there was a feeling when we've won the league previously, you came back in to the training sessions and everybody was a little bit less intense, a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed".

"If Liverpool can get some impetus, then we don't know how Manchester City will react under pressure if a team can stay close to them at the end of the season".

They have added Naby Keita and keeper Alisson, while also holding on to Mo Salah.

United is further hamstrung with a host of key players, including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, who were involved in the later stages of the World Cup, limiting their preseason preparations.

I think that they will be the ones who push City all the way and I don't expect Guardiola's champions to run away with it as easily as they did last season, when the title race was nearly done and dusted by Christmas.

"Sterling was fit after three or four days - he is not a big guy".




Newcastle on the other hand have had their own kind of upheaval with a recent media boycott by the players to force management of the club pay them their due bonuses for the past season.

"It's important to win and play well, we played well in periods against a good team that invest more than us", he told Sky Sports News after the match.

"Nobody is consistent with 11 players".

Under Guardiola's guidance, City surged to the title last season, becoming the first top-flight team in England to reach 100 points. If I forget the goal, which was an important goal for us, the performance was very complete. The pair missed last week's Community Shield after taking delayed summer breaks following the World Cup.

It's a new dawn and a new era for many clubs.

Indeed Champions League-bound Tottenham became the first club since Newcastle in 2013 not to make a permanent signing and the first since the introduction of the current transfer window system in 2003 not to bring in a single player all summer.

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