Alan Shearer And Ian Wright Make Their Premier League Predictions

10 August, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Judy Cobb
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"Subject to any late sales, the Premier League and its clubs may benefit from having playing squads settled and in place for the start of the new season".

"I don't think they can challenge on both fronts with the way they play, unless they adapt and they change, the way they play at 100mph from the first minute to the last minute it's very hard to do that Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday".

He had been hoping for more additions to a squad which finished 19 points adrift of Premier League champions Man City in 2017-18, but has seen his hands tied in the transfer market.

The 2018/19 season gets under way with Manchester United taking on Leicester City at Old Trafford Friday. It gives us a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people better and to focus on the players that are available.

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)". It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

"He said: "[Sergio] Romero, he had a surgery after his injury, [Antonio] Valencia, he was injured in pre-eason, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, [Diogo] Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and he is not yet ready.

"In Championship Manager you can just press a button", he stated.

Mourinho did confirm that Alexis Sanchez, who was a highlight for United over pre-season, is fit and firing though.

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

'You are capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners.

"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".

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

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