Michael Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United

Michael Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United

Michael Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United

"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United could still sign one more player, but he will not be "crying" if they do not.

"There is no relation between others or a guarantee because I always do, but I just think naturally a manger in the second season knows the club and players better".

"I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did past year was not enough for him".

I think my former club Tottenham will also be in the top-four. "I just think he was very clear showing what he did a year ago was not enough for him. The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time".

"We are in a position to do quality work better than we did in the first season, so I am convinced that our second season, in terms of the quality of our team, is going to be better".

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season.

"What that now does is if [Kylian] Mbappe leaves [Monaco] and goes to another club, I would guess the fee might have been £90m or £100m".

The United boss admitted he still remains hopeful of signing a wide player, with Mourinho having already conceded it is "game over" for their chances of signing Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

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However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young.

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"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe". Playing out there (in Spain), I think the tempo of the game is slower.

"We need to improve because we ended up a distance away from the top".

"The league is special because it is such a tough division to win", Carrick - the last remaining member of 2008 continental champions - said.

"This time we are all in the same basket and it will be the same for everybody".

"Arsenal and Everton are in the Europa League and they have to play Thursdays".

It represents a significant change for West Ham, who have looked overseas for many of their signings in recent years, with successes like Dimitri Payet offset by a number of failures in the window.

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