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Andre Ayew has headed on loan to Fenerbahce

Andre Ayew has headed on loan to Fenerbahce

The Transfer Window ™ is shut, slammed close, etc. Manchester United signed just two players to strengthen their first team squad this summer, with youngster Diogo Dalot joining Fred, while Lee Grant signed to provide back up as a senior goalkeeper.

Manchester City finished 19 points ahead of runners up Manchester United to highlight the clear gap between the Citizens and their title rivals in a one-sided campaign.

His side face Leicester City in their opening fixture at Old Trafford on Friday and it was put to Mourinho that there was a perception the club had gone backwards over the summer.

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A man now on the books of MLS side D.C. United said: "I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right".

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool did reach they Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid, but Mourinho is still bristling over the perception of last season as a disappointment for United, who also lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea.

"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".

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"It is hard to believe that we finished second because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil worldwide midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing. It is hard for me to understand we finish second. In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

Arsene Wenger finally left the London club at the end of last season, and now Unai Emery has the task of building Arsenal back up to where their fans think they should be: league champions. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.

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