Manchester Utd face battle for early points, says Mourinho

25 July, 2018, 22:05 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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United, though, want to deliver a top-drawer centre-half for Mourinho as they look to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool this season. His form during the tournament was in contrast to his displays for United since his £89.3 million move from Juventus in 2016, which have seen flashes of his talent mixed with stretches of inconsistency.

I don't have the majority of the players that are going to be in the squad on August 9th when the market closes and we can make the squad official for the season.

Manchester United coach José Mourinho wants Paul Pogba to play at the same level for Manchester United that he did for France during the World Cup.

Mourinho is unlikely to allow United to sell the French forward to another English club and will not let the 22-year-old leave Old Trafford unless it is for the right price and to the right club.

United have not had the best of starts to pre-season after drawing their first two matches on their tour of the USA, although most of the team's star players, such as Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, are still on holiday.

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GETTY The defender made a total of 46 appearances last season including the FA Cup final defeat

"Of course I'm not happy".

"I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him, it's about him giving the best he has to give", declared the Red Devils boss.

"I've just come back from playing at a World Cup, where I really enjoyed the high pressure of the games". So against Leicester and Brighton the situation is not fantastic for us.

While Mourinho was subject to severe criticism after splashing £147m (R2.5b) on new arrivals but ending the season trophyless with a rigid style of football.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a successful two seasons at Juve but is believed to be interested in a new challenge although he was coy about his future recently when welcoming new signing Ronaldo to Juventus.


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