Jose Mourinho 'desperate' for strong Manchester United start

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield

Paul Pogba transfer rumors: Barcelona or Manchester United?

In stark contrast, and as he feared, United boss Mourinho was unable to land the central defender he craves and could come face to face with his prime target Harry Maguire when the Reds host Leicester in tonight's Premier League curtain-raiser.

Following a successful summer in which he helped France to win the World Cup, Pogba's future at United has been the subject of speculation over the last week of the Premier League transfer window.

Jose Mourinho warned earlier this week that if Manchester United failed to strengthen their squad before the transfer deadline it would be a "difficult season" at Old Trafford.

"But again, the perception of the people that read can be different, but I like my players and my group".

"He didn't have a pre-season, three days of pre-season", Mourinho said. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal.

"I repeat, pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work with".

Ernesto Valverde identified Paul Pogba as Iniesta's replacement, who left the club for a stint in Japan at the end of last season.

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie. I've had a good chat with him and I look forward to the new season and getting back to my best".

"I'm going to enjoy this season".

Last season may have been United's highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired but the 19-point gap to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City underlined the improvements required.

Jose Mourinho selected a youthful squad to take to America after a number of players were missing due to the World Cup.

Manchester United return to action on August 19 with a matchup against Brighton before an early-season showdown with Tottenahm eight days later.

Shaw forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel just past the 40-minute mark, settling a pass from Juan Mata after some nice build-up play from United before firing right at the Leicester keeper. However, Mourinho's time in charge of the club has been filled with feuding with his players, ownership and the media.

Latest News