Jose Mourinho aims early dig at 'serial winners' Liverpool and Tottenham

Manchester United's Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santo 'Fred' during the preseason International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at the Michigan Stadium. (Pic by David

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Last season may have been their highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but the 19-point gap to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City underlined the improvements required.

The Red Devils had been linked with moves for Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng before a surprise candidate emerged in the form of Chelsea's Kurt Zouma late on Wednesday night.

The Merseyside outfit have signed AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the summer transfer window so far.

"I am not confident", Mourinho said.

A man now on the books of MLS side D.C. United said: "I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right". However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth.

"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".

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"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added.

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"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League's but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Sergio Romero, Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Matic are all injured for Leicester's visit, while Mourinho needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup.

Mourinho had warned it would be a "difficult season" if United did not make any more acquisitions and it now looks like his side will miss out.

"So I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see them challenging for the league this year".

Fosu-Mensah is popular with United fans after breaking onto the scene at the same time as Marcus Rashford.

"The target is Leicester match and the tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button", he said.

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