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Florence Fletcher
August 11, 2018

Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Manchester United's detractors a day ahead of his side's Premier League opener at home to Leicester City.

"I said many times, we can not spend every season what we spent last season. We look forward to continuing to work with them to make the best Premier League action available to fans in the region for the next four seasons", said Richard Scudamore, executive chairman of the Premier League.

Maybe next season we will go to the transfer window a little more active.

FIFA are formulating plans for a consistent transfer deadline across world football, which would aid Premier League sides after their setback this year.

However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season.

Manchester United have been hit by injuries throughout the pre-season tour of the United States and there are plenty of first-team stars that have only just returned from their holidays due to exploits in the World Cup this summer.

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Those issues have provided an unwelcome backdrop to a hard pre-season, United's makeshift side having suffered defeats to Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Figures released by Deloitte's sport business group showed top-flight clubs spent an estimated £1.23billion before Thursday's pre-season deadline - down £200million from last summer's window. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

"Because it is very important how they feel and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

'Its hard for me to believe we finished second. '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.

"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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