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Chris Smalling: Manchester United are eyeing Premier League glory this season

Chris Smalling: Manchester United are eyeing Premier League glory this season

The Reds ended up in fourth place in the table last season and as runners-up in the Champions League after they were beaten by Real Madrid in the final.

Southampton signed striker Danny Ings from Liverpool on a season-long loan before a permanent deal next year.

United had been linked with a number of central defenders including Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld but head into the campaign without any addition in that area. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".

New faces, mega million pound signings, new bosses in the dugout.

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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.

"Have the European clubs been holding back, almost, and waiting for the Premier League window to close?"

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.

"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday.

The World Cup contingent of Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku and Pogba are unlikely to feature, while Marcus Rashford may be rushed back to play wide left due to Mourinho's shortage of options, which is not helped by Anthony Martial's uncertain future, with Alexi Sanchez expected to start through the middle.


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