United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.
Mourinho also suggested he had not been given enough credit for guiding United to a runners-up finish in the Premier League last season, as he again suggested the negativity around the club was misplaced.
United manager Jose Mourinho, entering his third season at Old Trafford, has looked like a Bassett Hound for most of the summer, predicting a "difficult season" for a team which finished second in May.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ferdinand said: "I'm a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season". "The information I have is no", he replied matter-of-factly.
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Moments later they also confirmed that Portugal global Gomes would join the Premier League side on loan. It is the best league in the world. "He is a good guy and we want to do our best for Everton ".
United play their first Premier League match of the season against Leicester on Friday at Old Trafford.
"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added.
"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".
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"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.
Neville went on to mention Tottenham and Chelsea as challengers despite their lack of transfer activity and managerial teething issues respectively.
Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku returned early and should be available.
"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group [of World Cup players] because everybody is different physically and mentally to see how they feel, how they are and to understand if they think how they can help or not help".
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"I think they need to go out of the Champions League pre Christmas to have a good chance of winning the league".