Manchester United's Jose Mourinho not confident of new signings before deadline

Liverpool's new signing Xherdan Shaqiri scores the fourth goal with a bicycle kick during the preseason International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at the Michigan Stadium. (P

Mourinho said it was "time to stop thinking about the market" and, unless there is a dramatic change throughout the day, that means United will be trying to win their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season without the new centre-half that the manager had identified as a priority. Premier League came out of his mouth before we'd even finished the question.

Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

Wolves' connections to Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes were a source of complaint for their competitors as they romped to the Championship title last season. We spoke to Kompany and Walker and they seem so intent to not drop below the mentality and standards they achieved past year.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ferdinand said: "I'm a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season".

That felt like a reference to Liverpool but, more importantly for United, it was also an admission that it will need a dramatic improvement this season for his own team to bridge the gap.

I think Liverpool need to go out of the Champions League pre Christmas to have a good chance of winning the league. I just feel that a few of Chelsea's stars might not exactly be incentivised by the Italian's appointment, and that the whole club will receive a bit of a reality check by failing to win at one of the league's relegation favourites.

"The challenge for them is can they repeat that level of energy and that level of focus every three days?, but they are a challenge this year, Liverpool". But they are a challenger this year, Liverpool.

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In spite of the pall of gloom settling around his old club, Neville reckons that United should be expected to challenge for the title.

"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".

"United should be challenging", insisted Neville.

Manchester United have a front six of Mata, Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial and Sanchez. Obscene. In midfield, they've got Matic, Fred and Pogba.

Cheikhou Kouyaté is an excellent addition in central midfield, while the very promising German global Max Meyer could be one of the Premier League's best young additions if he finds his feet in England.

Newcastle have again made a profit from player trading thanks to the sales of Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, with Benitez expressing his concern for the Magpies' prospects this season after a 4-0 friendly thrashing by Braga earlier this month.

Gary Neville was speaking to promote Cadbury as the official snack partner of the Premier League.

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