Jose Mourinho has claimed that Manchester United have not improved despite signing Fred and Diogo Dalot this summer.
Fred joined in a £52 million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk but has struggled to make an impact having made just 10 appearances so far.
Dalot, meanwhile, was signed for £19m from Porto but has only featured in five games for United due to injury.
Mourinho also demanded a new central defender with Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweirled both targeted, but United’s hierarchy decided not to meet the Portuguese’s request.
And Mourinho now believes all of United’s title rivals – including Tottenham who did not make a signing – have all improved since the end of last season.
When asked about the widening gap between United and the Premier League’s leading sides, Mourinho replied: “The distance, the 16 [points], the eighth, the 12, the four, the five, is something I couldn’t predict.
“But I told clearly last season we didn’t get the credit we deserve.
“I think last season, to finish second and to play the FA Cup final and to qualify in the Champions League group as first, I think last season at all we didn’t get the credit we deserve,” he concluded.