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Mourinho guided Manchester United to their best Premier League finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, but the 55-year-old coach has insisted that he wants to sign two more players before the end of the transfer window.

United, according to sources, have the funds to complete the deals they want but will not be held to ransom at this late stage of the window.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

Mourinho has been further irked by seeing rivals Liverpool steal a march on United to emerge as the second favourites for the title behind Manchester City thanks to a more than £170 million splurge on new signings.

United are set to open the new season at home to Leicester on Friday, with it imperative that they get off to a flying start.

"I think Man United are a little bit desperate at this present moment which is not like them and not like Mourinho".

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.

"People ask "can you improve on 100 points" and I say no because we are not here to do that". "In Championship Manager you can just press a button".

Mourinho did confirm that Alexis Sanchez, who was a highlight for United over pre-season, is fit and firing though. But in four hours it will be hard to sign some players.

The Hammers will start the season without Winston Reid and they look to face an uphill battle to make an impression once again in this campaign.

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

"[Alexis is] more than ready but you can not have the players who arrived only last Monday after the World Cup semi-finals or final and three weeks' holiday".

Pochettino, who takes his side to Newcastle United for their first Premier League match of the season on Saturday, added that having club captain Hugo Lloris return to the club as a World Cup victor can help build a winning mentality at Tottenham. Real are desperate for midfield reinforcements after Mateo Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan and they are also facing the prospect of losing Luka Modric to Inter Milan before the month is out.

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