Kevin Kilbane predicts where Man City, Liverpool FC will finish

Tottenham's Kyle Walker scored an own goal at Old Trafford in 2015

Tottenham's Kyle Walker scored an own goal at Old Trafford in 2015

That's the claim of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

Neil Warnock already has his motivational speech prepared ahead of Cardiff's opening Premier League fixture at Bournemouth.

In stark contrast, and as he feared, United boss Mourinho was unable to land the central defender he craves and could come face to face with his prime target Harry Maguire when the Reds host Leicester in tonight's Premier League curtain-raiser.

Shearer said: It has been a long time since anyone won back-to-back titles but I think City will win the Premier League again because of Pep - he won't want their standards slipping.

The summer window closed in England at 5pm on Thursday evening, with Liverpool one of few clubs enjoying a quiet deadline day after securing four key signings earlier in the summer.

After a hugely successful 2016/17 season under the Italian, Antonio Conte, Chelsea finished fifth last season and failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

"I just don't see United getting closer to City".

"Manchester United, you know the harmony isn't great there, but they've obviously got great players, a great manager".

United are hoping to get two last minute deals done before today's 5pm deadline and Mourinho previously warned executive vice-chairman they'd be facing a "difficult" season if they didn't bolster the squad.

Mourinho had warned that United face difficulties if they did not sign at least one more player after spending £75million on Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant this summer. Liverpool first broke the transfer record by bringing in Alisson Becker from AS Roma, but Chelsea chose to go one step better by signing young Athletic Bilbao shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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