World Cup hangover lingers over Premier League kick-off

Spurs suffer heavy defeat to Girona in final pre-season game

World Cup hangover lingers over Premier League kick-off

"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".

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect to add to his squad as the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday, despite warning a hard season lies ahead for the English giants without further recruits.

United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list. "The manager now wants us to try and take a bit more control of the game, to try and dominate possession a little bit more", Kasper Schmeichel told the club website.

Manchester United have offered to pay just £22.3m for Arsenal target Jerome Boateng because the defender is demanding a huge £12.5m-a-year contract, according to the Sun. I am so proud about them because they were very focused on trying to arrive in a very good condition.

Instead, the Portuguese's mood has been further soured by seeing another fierce rival Liverpool steal a march with a £170-million (RM890 million) splurge on new signings. "You can not expect them to be fit". "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it".

"The players from past year are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", said Klopp on the club's promising pre-season tour in the States.

"And can they play in a style that can keep their fans happy?"

Speaking to MUTV on the eve of the 2018-19 season getting underway, the Man United manager provided a list of those who will miss the start of the new campaign through injury.

Top flight sides had previously voted to close the window before their season began, meaning that they would have to complete all deals by August 9.

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