Jose Mourinho lists second-place finish among 'greatest achievements'

Paul Scholes

I repeat: "pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that". It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

Both clubs finished below United last season in the Premier League yet Mourinho claims they are projected as "serial winners" despite failing to land a trophy since 2012 and 2008 respectively. Ivan Perisic, the Croatia global, also featured prominently on Mourinho's wish list but it now seems that United's summer transfer business will be restricted to the arrivals of Fred, the injured Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.

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

"I'm not confident", Mourinho said, when asked whether there would be more players arriving before the deadline.

Those issues have provided an unwelcome backdrop to a hard pre-season, United's makeshift side having suffered defeats to Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

But Leicester boss Claude Puel insists the England World Cup star won't be on the move.

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"They are available", Guardiola said.

"Ander Herrera was injured against Bayern, [Nemanja] Matic was injured in the World Cup and had surgery in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago".

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made slightly early returns so could be involved on Friday, perhaps helping to boost the mood of a manager who has looked downbeat for much of the summer.

"I said we would sign one or two, but the second one wasn't possible".

The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil global midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing. 'When I listen, when I read, it's hard to believe we finished second because you are capable of making people who finish second (sound like we) were relegated. "If we play good and are consistent like last season, we have a chance to repeat".

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