Man Utd need two deadline day deals - Rooney

The Red Devils were the closest challengers to record-breaking rivals Manchester City in 2017-18, but still finished some 19 points off the pace.

"They've got a manager in Jurgen Klopp who the players have got a lot of faith in and they've got fans who will keep this team going".

"I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches". We are expecting a plethora of deals to go through today as English clubs battle to complete their final transfer business before the deadline of 5pm.

The Merseyside outfit have signed AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the summer transfer window so far.

Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline. "That is my experience at Barcelona and Bayern Munich".

The Reds will start the new Premier League campaign with a clash against West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday.




Mourinho also needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.

"My view is that, first of all, it is hard for me to believe we finished second because when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - you [the media] are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, you make them look like serial winners".

The striker turned broadcast pundit believes Liverpool's mental edge over City following three victories against them last season - twice in the Champions League and once in the league - could be the difference if City do not runaway with the title in the manner they did last season.

Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones all came back early from their own extended breaks but Mourinho sounded downbeat again when he was asked about the new season.

United's all-time leading goalscorer told Sky Sports: "I think it will be hard after the season they had past year".

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