Jose Mourinho aims early dig at 'serial winners' Liverpool and Tottenham

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen

United start the Premier League season at home to Leicester City on Friday and Mourinho took the opportunity at his pre-match news conference to take a swipe at what he views as fatalistic commentary on his reign from the media, in contrast with praise awarded to unnamed counterparts who fail to lift major honours.

Both clubs have England internationals who went on an extended dalliance in Russian Federation and have only recently returned from their holidays.

It's certainly an exciting and tone-setting opening fixture for both the Red Devils and the Foxes.

The United manager had claimed that the shortlist he handed over to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the end of last season went largely ignored.

Matty James is out for Leicester City, while Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire have only recently returned to training following England's World Cup run.

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Liverpool and Tottenham on the eve of the new season, saying they "win nothing" but are painted as "serial winners" while his Manchester United get no credit.

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"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

A number of United's players were involved in the latter stages of this summer's World Cup and manager Jose Mourinho has been outspoken about his desire to add more signings to his squad before Thursday's transfer deadline. They each came up with their own top four. And I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season.

The 2015-16 Premier League champions insist they are under no pressure to sell after Riyad Mahrez joined Manchester City for £60 million and will only entertain offers well above the 25-year-old's market value, something United have so far refused to consider. He is our best player.

"We have Fernandinho, [Ilkay] Gundogan can play there".

On the chances of Vardy or Maguire featuring in the season opener: "If we are serious I think they can not participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team".

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