Jose Mourinho 'desperate' for strong Manchester United start

"This is a potentially defining season for United's big players Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez and, indeed, for manager Jose Mourinho".

Manchester United great Paul Scholes said Jose Mourinho has made too many unnecessary changes at Old Trafford which has led to a philosophy which has so far failed. Sir Alex Ferguson hates him because he was the reason behind Pogba's departure to Juventus in 2012. According to The Guardian, the Man United chiefs - who had previously put their hand in the pocket for Jose Mourinho - opted not to back the manager on this occasion.

Brazil worldwide Fred, highly-rated but raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players. "I hope so. Will it entertain the fans? No". "We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very hard to add players to that", he said. "The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and after training I will speak with that group of players because everyone is different physically and mentally".

United have only won three trophies since, the Europa League, Fa Cup, League Cup.

Mauricio Pochettino will be bitterly disappointed at heading into the new season without a single new face, and he may yet end the month with some players leaving the club.

"They finished second which was great, but not winning anything at Man United is a major disappointment".

"I have my players and I like my players, I like to work with my players", said Mourinho.

"They'll be very, very risky as far as Manchester City are concerned", he said.

Manchester United got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start tonight as they beat Leicester City 2-1.

"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match". It's long, I know it can disturb the goalkeeper, but that's how I take it.

Sources have told ESPN FC that United, who had the second best defensive record in the league last season, were concerned at the size of the fees quoted by Leicester for Maguire and by Tottenham for Alderweireld and decided both deals did not represent value for money.

  • Rosalie Stanley