Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

"I am not confident", Mourinho said of United's chance of new signings ahead of Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

After breaking records last season, City will be expected to at least reach the Champions League semi-finals alongside domestic bliss.

"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". We go with everything we have in that first match.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players". Mourinho's assessment that United were in for a "difficult season" if he did not get his way proffers an image of an unhappy club.

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

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Sergio Romero, Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Matic are all injured for Leicester's visit, while Mourinho needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup.

"[Alexis is] more than ready but you can not have the players who arrived only last Monday after the World Cup semi-finals or final and three weeks' holiday".

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived before the end of July, with Jurgen Klopp eager to work with his full squad throughout pre-season.

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

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