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Mourinho has repeatedly expressed a desire to bring in additional signings throughout pre-season with a central defender top of his list.
"He will play exactly the same way and they are going to be very hard to stop, although I think Liverpool and United will both be a lot closer to them this time".
United's boss, about to begin his third season at the helm at Old Trafford, has cut a disgruntled figure during the summer, apparently unhappy with the club's transfer window activity.
"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".
Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Liverpool and Tottenham on the eve of the new season, saying they "win nothing" but are painted as "serial winners" while his Manchester United get no credit.
Indeed it would be no surprise if they finished in the top half of the division, but I am less optimistic about the prospects of both Cardiff and Fulham and expect both sides to struggle to make much of an impact on their return to the Premier League.
"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added.
United open the Premier League season against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday and Mourinho's squad is also depleted by injuries and the tight turnaround from the World Cup. Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position past year was one of my biggest achievements in England'.
"The information I have is no", Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference when asked if he expected any new arrivals on Thursday. In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now.
"I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches".
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Manchester United , who are with Adidas, earn £75 million a year in a 10-year agreement signed in 2014. The new season gets underway in just two days, with Manchester United hosting Leicester City .