Jose Mourinho. Photo: ANDREAS GEBERT/REUTERS

Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Manchester United’s detractors a day ahead of his side’s Premier League opener at home to Leicester City on Friday night (9pm). 

Mourinho says: “My view is that, first of all, is difficult for me to believe we finished second. 

“When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is difficult to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners. 

“Is difficult for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second. I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game.” 

United will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.

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