Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Christian Eriksen

A lot was expected of Man United, but they failed on multiple fronts.

Chelsea FC ended the 2017-18 season with a trophy following a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley last term.

But he was quick to point out his United side were closest to runaway leaders Manchester City last season, even if they finished 19 points adrift.

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.

'My view is that first of all it's hard for me to believe we finished second, ' said Mourinho of last season.

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"I can understand some speculation about our player because he has good attributes, but I am happy to keep him and hopefully start a great season". '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.

But he then made some baffling comments, claiming the finish was one of his biggest achievements in football. 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'.

Despite being quick in making Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant sign on the dotted line earlier this summer, Mourinho's camp have been left frustrated in their pursuit of signing the likes of Harry Maguire, Mina and Jerome Boateng. "The information I have is no", Mourinho said when asked if there would be any players in or out at Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.

"I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

United play their first Premier League match of the season against Leicester on Friday at Old Trafford.

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