Maguire or Alderweireld? Rio Ferdinand picks out who Man Utd should sign

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"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said in his press conference earlier today, as per The Mirror.

Mourinho has endured a hard summer in the transfer market.

Spurs had nine players who only returned to training on Monday, having been involved in the World Cup finals until the final weekend of the tournament in Russian Federation.

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.

"The players with a proper pre-season are fit and they are strong".

"We have a very good squad, with very good players, and it is very hard to add players to that".

Time is running out for Manchester United to conclude a deal for Boateng, with Premier League clubs closing their transfer window on Thursday.

"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match".

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"It is hard to believe that we finished second".

Rio Ferdinand has revealed which Manchester United centre-back transfer target is his preferred choice to join the club.

The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil global midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing.

"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".

Scholes added that "I wouldn't be happy either" playing Mourinho's pragmatic brand of football, in comments that threaten to reignite his feud with the Portuguese manager.

"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next".

United are set to open the new season at home to Leicester on Friday, with it imperative that they get off to a flying start.

The Hammers will start the season without Winston Reid and they look to face an uphill battle to make an impression once again in this campaign.

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