Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

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Club legend Rio Ferdinand fears that Manchester United will not challenge for the Premier League title and their rivals Manchester City and Liverpool will finish above them in the upcoming campaign.

And Mourinho has been tetchy in preseason, demanding signings and not getting them.

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Diego Dalot, Marcos Rojo and Nemanja Matic were all unavailable for Manchester United in their most recent match due to injury - all of which are expected to remain out of action.

Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini will be assessed after returning late following their World Cup exertions, while Anthony Martial's availability is unclear after missing the final pre-season friendly at Bayern Munich. Mourinho has suggested it may be necessary to use some of them on opening weekend.

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.

Manchester United's hopes of signing a centre-back before the transfer deadline rest on clubs and agents lowering their demands, sources have told ESPN FC.

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"So it's time - at least for me - to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to this first couple of matches".

Asked whether he he believed there would be any movement in or out of Old Trafford on deadline day, Mourinho replied: "The information I have is no".

Ferdinand also sympathised with the Manchester United youth players after Mourinho's scathing comments following their 4-1 pre-season defeat to Liverpool during their tour of America.

"Lindelof the same, Jones the same and let's see if one of the others is ready to give us a help, 20 to 25 minutes".

"I would go for Alderweireld, all day long because he is suited to the way United play".

"I wouldn't write him off". He needs to get off to a good start this season, there's no doubt about that. "After Riyad it was important to keep our players and add some good players to strengthen the team".

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