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Mourinho shrugs off Premier League title question

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Jose Mourinho refused to say whether he thinks his Manchester United squad are strong enough to compete for the Premier League title next season.

United have brought in three players for about £68m this summer, and the 55-year-old told newsmen he would like to sign “two more players”.

When he was asked at a news conference if he was confident of challenging, Mourinho said: “I don’t answer your question.”



United were runners-up to Manchester City last season, finishing 19 points behind the champions, and lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

The £47m spent on midfielder Fred has been their biggest outlay of the summer.

The club have also been linked with Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Croatia winger Ante Rebic and Tottenham’s Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld.

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Mourinho was speaking to the media in Los Angeles before his side’s pre-season friendly against AC Milan on Thursday.

The United boss said he was not fully satisfied on the USA tour because he was without several members of his first-team squad, who are on a break following the World Cup.

The Red Devils had 12 players competing at the tournament, with eight featuring in the semi-finals. Tottenham also had 12 players in Russia while Manchester City had 16.

“I don’t have the majority of the players that are going to be in the squad on 9 August when the market [transfer window] closes and we can make it official for the season. So of course I’m not happy, to have just a few players,” he added.

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AFCON 2021: Rohr task Eagles to do more.

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Super Eagles started their AFCON 2021 qualifier Campaign with a win against Benin on tuesday at Uyo.

The Super Eagle coach Gernot Rohr has laud his team for their effort to ensure a victory after narrowly coming from behind to win 2-1 victory against Benin.

Nigeria is currently sitting first in group L, after Lesotho and Sierra Leone played out a 1-1 draw at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

Goals from Lille tailsman Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu sealed the victory for the eagles.

Rohr believes his team has the potential to win all their matches as they visit the Crocodiles of Lesotho on sunday to continue their impressive start.

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Activities paralyzed as Hong Kong unrest hikes

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Hundreds of Hong kong protester has paralyzed today’s activities by forcing closure of bussiness hubs and institutions amid a mark of aggravated violence.

Local news says, a handful number of the Anti-govenment protesters occupied roads in the Central business district, home to some of the world’s most expensive real estate, during their lunch hour.

Protesters have torched vehicles and buildings, hurled petrol bombs at police stations and trains and vandalized prime shopping malls over the past week in some of the worst violence seen in more than five months of unrest.

Many were dressed in office attire and wore the now-banned face masks as they marched down a major thoroughfare that connects luxury shopping malls and glittering skyscrapers.

Hundreds of protesters also set up barricades near a popular shopping mall in the eastern part of Hong Kong island, dragging traffic cones and orange gates to block roads.

Some held up signs reading “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” and “Stand with Hong Kong”, slogans that have become rallying calls for the protest movement.

Across the harbor, black-clad protesters and university students maintained their blockades of major roads, including the entrance to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel that links Hong Kong island to the Kowloon area, and a highway between Kowloon and the rural New Territories.

Police fired tear gas near the tunnel early on Thursday to try to clear the protesters. Roads were strewn with bricks and other debris, leading to widespread traffic jams.

Thousands of students barricaded themselves inside campuses at several universities overnight, preparing stockpiles of food, bricks, petrol bombs and other make-do weapons as they hunkered down.

Dozens of riot police gathered outside several universities early on Thursday as students fortified their positions with metal poles, bricks and chairs.

At Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, near the Kowloon entrance of the Cross Harbour tunnel, hundreds of students wearing gas masks readied for confrontations with police.

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