Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

Florence Fletcher
August 11, 2018

"It is hard for me to understand, we finish second which I keep saying, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

It is understood United officials have grown increasingly tired and suspicious of Pogba's high-profile agent Mino Raiola, whom they blame for stories that his client would prefer to play for Barcelona.

On Thursday, Mourinho seemed to dismiss the chance of United signing anyone in the last knockings and yet reports emerged of enquiries for Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin, amid similar interest in Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.

"We have brought in great managers without a doubt but let's take Mourinho for example. By the end of November or December, you don't need words, you'll see by then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League". He said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players. As a Man United fan, winning is the most important thing".

According to The Sun, Mourinho has two-years left on his current deal, and would usually be entitled to his full £12 million (R206 million) a season should he get axed, but there has been a change in his latest extension.

John also discussed Chelsea's concerns as well as Man City.

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"My view is that it is hard for me to believe that we finished second", he said.

"It is hard to believe that we finished second".

The 2018/19 English Premier League will kick-off tonight with 20-time English Premier League winners Manchester United facing 2015 Premier League winners Leicester City in the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester.

Despite being critical of the club, Scholes is hoping the Red Devils get their campaign off to a ideal start when they face Leicester City at 3am tomorrow.

As such, he is standing by the complaints that soundtracked United's pre-season fixtures.

"Mourinho has all the resources available to him to make this team a winning team again and to start playing better football, but I still think they've got a long way more to go".

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