Manchester United running out of time to make reinforcements

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"We are lucky now because for three to four weeks we can work with only one match a week, so we have to improve in this month", he said.

Mourinho clearly feels that is not enough to challenge neighbours Manchester City for the title, and Goldbridge said: "Is the team any better than last season?"

It has been a wretched start to the campaign for Manchester United, several players are keen to walk away from the camp, the transfer talks are not quite falling into place and now Jose Mourinho would want to make an impression when the games begin.

Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen outcome of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge. "The players from a year ago are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", said Klopp on the club's promising pre-season tour in the States.

Leicester responded well though with new signing James Maddison forcing a fine save out of United keeper David De Gea as the visitors gave Mourinho's side plenty to think about.

The Gunners have not won the league since 2004 and, after finishing fifth and sixth in the last two seasons, Arsene Wenger brought an end to his two-decade spell in charge.

"On gross spending, you've got Liverpool and Chelsea who people might expect - Chelsea spending out of necessity having lost their goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois). I'm sure we will have to do that again this year".

He added of Mourinho: "When he came into the league he was different and he manipulated the media, there was a freshness to him, now there is nearly a boredom to the games in the media".

Two of the newly-promoted clubs in Fulham and Cardiff City, runners-up and play-off winners of the Championship respectively, couldn't mark their first game back in the Premier League with any points.

"It has been a strength of his to be fair but when it goes wrong it tends to go wrong spectacularly and you could see it second time around at Chelsea".

"Last year was an awesome year for City, but the other teams have all strengthened and they will be confident going into the new season".

Manchester United have had a troubled pre-season with Jose Mourinho complaining about being short of players on the club's American tour following the World Cup.

Paul added: "When there is a flow to the game, referees get swept up in the game".

Now United fans will hope that from Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester onwards, he has a similar impact - indeed, that he helps them reach for the stars.

"If you have a build-up of anticipation and atmosphere you can psychologically get in referees' heads".

"I hope the second part of the season for us will be very good with a lot of points".

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