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Manchester United will kick off the new Premier League season when they take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night. As it stands, Alderweireld and Maguire are considered too expensive, while Bayern Munich have knocked back a loan move for Boateng.

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.

Asked to confirm that he is expecting no movement at all on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no".

"I don't think they can challenge on both fronts with the way they play, unless they adapt and they change, the way they play at 100mph from the first minute to the last minute it's very hard to do that Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday".

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Mourinho was speaking at a 9am press conference and his words did not equivocally rule out the possibility of something happening.

Premier League legend Alan Shearer has warned not to write off Manchester United's title chances, despite Jose Mourinho's despondent mood this summer.

The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. "I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match".

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second". Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position past year was one of my biggest achievements in England'.

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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. "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it".

"They returned on Monday", he said.

Brazil global Fred is the only player to have come in that is set to challenge for an instant starting berth , with Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant merely squad options for the present and future.

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