Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde hails Man Utd as serious Champions League contenders

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The former-world cup victor was also asked about his interest in Monaco teenage sensation, to which he replied, "I'm the coach, you need to speak with someone else about whether or not it is worth it", said Zidane.

"I found an wonderful club with an awesome history, but not ready for me to win".

Asked if Barcelona were on another level to United, Mourinho said: "Paul Pogba showed the level and he belongs to that level". It's easy but we don't play in the same competition as them unless we meet them in the European competitions.

"We went to the Europa League as one of the top teams, we go to the Champions League and we are not one of the top teams".

"I think in this moment the best players are in these two clubs and you have to accept that as a reality but for us to play against both in pre-season without any kind of pressure or being anxious about a result and to play the best, you can see was very good for us and both play with their best team".

"This season is going to be more hard but I think we have also better conditions to fight for the Premier League against fantastic teams, against wonderful investments". Everybody in the club, president, CEO, the board, myself, we all felt after the years I was there that the hard part of the job was done and they wanted me to stay. I don't think that at United is going to happen, because I don't want to go. We didn't defend well, I was not happy with the way we were defending, but that's pre-season.

The squad certainly seem to enjoy working together, while Mourinho has more often than not been seen with a smile on his face during the American tour.

"Porto was 2004, 13 years later it looked so fast for me". And on the third time, I don't think you can say "no" three times to such a club.

"Because when time flies, it is because you enjoy that time".

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