Premier League predictions: Telegraph writers select their bankers for the season

Premier League predictions: Telegraph writers select their bankers for the season

"Nothing will happen before the transfer window shuts?"

Mourinho also suggested he had not been given enough credit for guiding United to a runners-up finish in the Premier League last season, as he again suggested the negativity around the club was misplaced.

Jose Mourinho is "not confident" that Manchester United will be completing deadline day business, despite the Red Devils having endured a quiet transfer window.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ferdinand said: "I'm a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season".

United finished as runners-up last season, 19 points behind Manchester City, and Mourinho has already made it clear that his team needs more players if they are to overhaul their neighbours.

Manchester City are favourites to be the first team since Neville's United to retain the Premier League, with the chasing pack hoping that a renewed focus on the Champions League might lead to City taking their eye off the defence of their title.

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

'Its hard for me to believe we finished second. "I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

"You also have to consider that Liverpool are City's Kryptonite".

"They returned on Monday".

Neville went on to mention Tottenham and Chelsea as challengers despite their lack of transfer activity and managerial teething issues respectively.

"In Championship Manager you can just press a button", he stated. In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'.

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.

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