Not too much optimism for title tilt amongst Manchester United fans

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But Mourinho is still bristling over the perception of last season as a disappointment for United, who also lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is "not confident" of signing another player before Thursday's transfer deadline at 17:00 BST.

After securing the signatures of Brazilian worldwide midfielder Fred and Portuguese teenage full-back Diogo Dalot early in the window, strengthening his centre-back options has been Mourinho's priority. They used £67m on Roma stopper Alisson, in addition to adding Naby Keita (£52.8m), Fabinho (£43.7m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£13.5m) to their ranks. "We thought he would manage maximum 60 minutes and he went much longer", said Mourinho. "Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody", warned Mourinho.

'Its hard for me to believe we finished second.

United are further hamstrung with a host of key players including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford involved in the later stages of the World Cup limiting their pre-season preparations.

All six of the Portugal playmaker's goals last season in the Championship were scored from outside the penalty area, and he picked up where he had left off in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola led City squad will look to emulate Arsenal's invincible record, something they came close to doing last season but losses from Liverpool and arch-rivals Manchester United were little loopholes in an otherwise immaculately performed season. "It's not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent", he added. But we have needs.

Despite slashing a club record £60 million on signing Riyad Mahrez, City have enjoyed a quiet window.

Brazil worldwide Fred, highly-rated full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived by early July to bolster the squad, but United have since failed to bring in the further two additions Mourinho craves. Unai Emery has enjoyed the luxury of having most of his squad available for pre-season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette forming a fearsome front four.

Although Tiemoue Bakayoko only finalised his switch to Chelsea 12 months ago, following a somewhat underwhelming debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, the 23-year-old finds himself way down Maurizio Sarri's pecking order as the Italian prepares for his first term in English football. Kepa becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Staying in London, and in arguably one of the more freakish transfer rumours of the summer, Tottenham Hotspur left back Danny Rose could be planning to swap the Premier League for the Bundesliga, with Champions League outfit Schalke said to be interested. The forward will look to steer clear from injuries-something that has held him back over the past few seasons from winning the golden boot.