CL Failure Could Lead To League Glory For Liverpool

The striker turned broadcast pundit believes Liverpool's mental edge over City following three victories against them last season - twice in the Champions League and once in the league - could be the difference if City do not runaway with the title in the manner they did last season.

Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

"I repeat, pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work with".

All of the Everton and Fulham dealings materialised close to the deadline, while the early stages of the day were dominated by Chelsea, who confirmed Mateo Kovacic's arrival after signing Kepa Arrizabalaga late on Wednesday.

Mourinho had warned it would be a "difficult season" if United did not make any more acquisitions and it now looks like his side will miss out.

"I think they need to go out of the Champions League pre Christmas to have a good chance of winning the league".

Jerome Boateng was another option but Bayern Munich have not been keen to sanction a loan move.

Whatever the explanation, the lack of new faces compounds issues surrounding the United squad heading into the Premier League season.

"He said: "[Sergio] Romero, he had a surgery after his injury, [Antonio] Valencia, he was injured in pre-eason, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, [Diogo] Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and he is not yet ready.

"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".

He said that he believes Liverpool will finish ahead of Manchester United in second place and Tottenham Hotspur will finish fourth despite a summer in which Mauricio Pochettino's team did not spend a penny in the transfer market.

"I am convinced that Jurgen Klopp's progressive side are the biggest danger to City this season and I feel they will give Pep Guardiola's side a real run for their money", Owen told BetVictor.

'You are capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners.

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