Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has pointedly refused to answer questions regarding his side’s Premier League title hopes.
Man United finished second to rivals City in last season’s table, and are therefore seen as being among the favourites again this time around – but their pre-season campaign thus far has been far from positive.
Speaking at a media conference ahead of Man United’s International Champions Cup clash with AC Milan on Wednesday night, Mourinho batted away a question regarding a potential Premier League title challenge next season with a brief, blunt response:
“I don’t answer to your question.”
Man United are as long as 7-1 to win the league in some quarters – their longest odds in quite some time – with many bookmakers suggesting that the Red Devils are in danger of falling behind Man City and Liverpool in the title race.
Mourinho has bemoaned the fact that so many members of his first-team squad are still unavailable to him following their exploits in the World Cup in Russia.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss has also told ESPN that he wants to bring in two more players before the end of the transfer window. Man United have so far added Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant to their squad but with just over two weeks to go until the transfer deadline, time is fast running out for Mourinho and Ed Woodward to make some badly-needed additions as they look to narrow that wide gap between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s City.
The likes of Harry Maguire and Ante Rebic have been linked in recent days, though it remains to be seen how long it will take for that interest to be firmed up.