Jose Mourinho 'desperate' for strong Manchester United start

10 August, 2018, 23:56 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Jerome Boateng looks set to leave Bayern Munich after seven years

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho did not expect to add to his squad before the close of the English Premier League transfer window yesterday on an unusually quiet deadline day for English clubs.

Manchester United have made Paul Pogba captain in an attempt to convince him that his future lies at Old Trafford.

"Of course he does, but he's got Fred with him, he's got other players as well". United said they were happy to be kept informed.

"I asked for five players and they did not bring me any". Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on HD11 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

The offer of signing Jerome Boateng, the 29-year-old Bayern Munich defender, was the easiest to reject.

Mourinho is very fond of the Welsh winger and there's been plenty of speculation surrounding a move to Man United in each of the last three summers.

It also now looks like long-standing target Toby Alderweireld will be staying at Tottenham.

The club insist the 25-year-old Frenchman is not for sale at any price amid concerns that he has fallen out with Jose Mourinho.


The signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk to give energy to the midfield was a long-term project, with serious negotiations starting back in February.

Mourinho wanted a third choice home-grown eligible goalkeeper and Lee Grant was signed.

The centre-back discussion has only become an issue this summer, and the club have felt that the options open to them have not warranted the investment they would have required.

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are out injured while Jose Mourinho will make a late decision on the World Cup stars that joined the squad recently.

"If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour".

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second when I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, it is hard to believe that we finished second because you [the media] 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", Mourinho said. I don't know their identity right now, I don't know how they can dig deep and turn a losing position to victory and they style that they'll come out with.

While the United hierarchy is known to be reluctant to sell the young striker, Mourinho has endured a trying time in his relationship with Martial after he left United's American pre-season tour to attend the birth of his child and did not return - missing nine days of training.

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