Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea All Ready For Big Signings

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes

"I am not confident", Mourinho told a news confernece ahead of Leicester City's visit to Old Trafford on Friday, the first match of the 2018-19 Premier League season. I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

"I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to the first three matches, because after Spurs there is an worldwide break and I have a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare them better".

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

Last season's champions, Manchester City are the opposition for Unai Emery's first competitive match in charge of the Gunners.

A man now on the books of MLS side D.C. United said: "I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right".

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

City's defence gets under way at Arsenal on Sunday and Guardiola confirmed he could select World Cup stars including Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne despite their lack of a pre-season. Any deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld was a way off on the eve of the deadline and interest in Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been tempered up until now by prohibitive financial demands.

United could come up against Maguire tomorrow night when they host the Foxes at Old Trafford in the opening Premier League game of the season (8pm).

"Ander Herrera was injured against Bayern, [Nemanja] Matic was injured in the World Cup and had surgery in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago".

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

Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available.

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

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