Rio Ferdinand predicts where Man United, Liverpool FC will finish

Lewis Collier
August 10, 2018

"I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is 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".

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United, according to sources, still hold an interest in Leicester's Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham and Barcelona's Yerry Mina but each deal is proving complicated.

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website).

Brazil worldwide Fred is the only player to have come in that is set to challenge for an instant starting berth , with Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant merely squad options for the present and future. However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth. "The information I have is no", he replied matter-of-factly. Manchester United will open the league campaign at home as they will host Leicester City.

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.

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Liverpool have added Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson to their ranks this summer as Klopp sought to improve the overall depth of his squad.

"I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match". He realises that's the measure of greatness and when you're talking about great teams and what a manager does, and at the end of the season if United win it or Liverpool win it it'll be 'oh City only won one in three.' Whereas it's different if he wins two in two.

Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are among six players ruled out of the game with injury, with captain Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero and Diogo Dalot also sidelined.

"It's time just to say "tomorrow we have a Premier League match" and we have to play to win it".

The former United man was keen to point out that Liverpool will be a challenge to reigning Champions City, but that having a "free week" due to lack of European football would be hugely beneficial to the Merseyside club's quest for a domestic title. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League's but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game". I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane. "Every team in the league will be thinking 'what a great midfield that is.' The way in which United are being talked about this pre-season it's as if they've got a load of bums playing for them".

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