Jose Mourinho lists second-place finish among 'greatest achievements'

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"I don't think just because they haven't signed a centre-back we should be sat here thinking 'we'll let Manchester United off the hook they shouldn't be challenging this year.' A club thats spent the money they've spent in the past few seasons and the players they've got".

Jose Mourinho has revealed that several key players will be missing in Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester City at Old Trafford.

"They return on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to steer his side to a genuine Premier League title challenge next season after they reached the Champions League final and finished fourth last term.

This summer has already seen some mega-deals take place regarding Premier League clubs with Riyad Mahrez moving from Leicester City to Manchester City for a huge £67m, whilst Naby Keita joined Liverpool for £62m in a deal that was agreed on last summer.

"I focus on the players I have for the first couple of matches". It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

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I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.

"I think it'll be tough but if they were to go of the Champions league and they had free weeks after Christmas, Saturday to Saturday they could be a real threat this season to City".

Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones all came back early from their own extended breaks but Mourinho sounded downbeat again when he was asked about the new season.

'You are capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners. 'When I listen, when I read, it's hard to believe we finished second because you are capable of making people who finish second (sound like we) were relegated.

"So it's hard for me to understand or to feel or to believe that we finished second, which I keep saying that I - and sometimes it's also hard to believe - that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues".

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