Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Stacy Diaz | 11 August, 2018, 05:15

Obviously taking a leaf from their "noisy neighbours" book, Manchester United have revealed their brand-spanking new dressing room right before they kick-off tonight's Premier League opener at Old Trafford against Leicester City.

"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time".

After a summer spent airing his grievances from MI to Munich, Mourinho turned up on Thursday with his game face on.

Jose Mourinho has hit out at the perceived negative coverage of his tenure at the helm of Manchester United, stating that he believes finishing runners-up in the Premier League last season is one of the best achievements of his career.

United have until 5 p.m on Thursday to add new players ahead of the start of the season.

The interior designers recruited into The Theatre of Dreams have obviously been more productive than chairman Ed Woodward this season in giving United a makeover, and the results are sure to make the rest of the Premier League green with envy, radiating class and sophistication.

Despite the drop in the gross figure, the net spend by Premier League clubs to this point is a record £865m - inflated by a busy deadline day for the likes of Fulham, with five signings, and Everton whose additions included Barcelona pair Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.

Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are among six players ruled out of the game with injury, with captain Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero and Diogo Dalot also sidelined. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

We go with everything we have in that first match.

"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players (back from the World Cup) because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how available they feel".

Pre-season has clearly been a frustrating time for Mourinho, while a perceived lack of respect for leading his side to second spot last term has got under his skin.