Jose Mourinho 'desperate' for strong Manchester United start

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho still wants to make at least one more signing before the window closes

"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".

But despite that positive start United allowed Leicester to dictate much of the first half, often giving up space in the middle of the pitch and inviting the visitors to attack them. The style of play under Mourinho has not been easy to watch but he'll always say I don't care what style but we finished second in the league.

It was a huge boost for a player who has been through the ringer over the last few years but had a positive pre-season. Fresh from his England heroics Harry Maguire is short of match fitness but is on hand to deputise with 21-year-old signing Filip Benkovic unlikely to be handed a debut after signing just yesterday.

"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times is still a lie".

"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners".

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At the same time, he noted on Twitter that he is "going to play" this season, but that it'll happen "whenever I get ready". The wide receiver was released by the Cowboys in April after catching 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.

"Any point can be crucial - you don't know what is going to happen at the end of the season".

Chief football writer Daniel Taylor writes: "United's conclusion was that in most cases Mourinho had targeted defenders who were no better than those they already had". While Jose Mourinho and the transfer until 5pm to buy in new players, their players can be bought or loaned after the deadline.

There were rumors of him returning to Juventus and joining Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy, but the biggest suitor has been Barcelona, who is looking to bolster its midfield despite bringing in Arturo Vidal, Arthur and Malcolm this summer.

There has been speculation that Pogba wants to leave the English giants because he and manager Jose Mourinho do not see eye to eye on a number of things. United said they were happy to be kept informed.

Ogden writes: "Not for the first time in his managerial career, the story has become about Mourinho rather than the club where he's now in charge; it is rarely a signpost toward a positive and successful future when that happens".

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