Mourinho 'angry and frustrated' after Man Utd centre-half signing flop

Florence Fletcher
August 11, 2018

Pressed on whether there would be incomings or outgoings at Old Trafford, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no". His transfer frustrations dominate the United Kingdom football press this morning and there are rumours of discontent between the Portuguese boss and the Old Trafford board.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table last term but the 20-time English champions finished a long way behind champions Manchester City.

Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, Yerry Mina, Diego Godin and Raphael Varane were all linked, but no deals materialised in the window.

Following a strong World Cup, the Red Devils will lean on Paul Pogba to display his incredible talent. United were allegedly desperate to sign a centre-half on deadline day but despite targeting five players, none arrived.

"He didn't have a pre-season, three days of pre-season", Mourinho said.

"I'm not confident", he told a pre-match news conference when asked whether another signing might be made.

"I like my players".

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

"I'm going to enjoy this season".

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He can also be backed at 6/4 not to be in charge for the club's final game of the season, and 10/1 to be the first sacking and United to finish outside of the top-4. "It depends on the music, but words for me don't come easy".

"Like always we want to keep improving and keep bringing trophies to Manchester United because success motivates us".

Mourinho splashed out £89m in 2016 to make the Frenchman United's club-record signing.

Mourinho outlined a lengthy list of absentees, with Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Dalot all unavailable to face Leicester.

Last season was a turbulent one for Pogba as he was dropped several times by Mourinho due to inconsistent performances, but this display of faith from his manager so soon after returning from holiday should provide an early boost at the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign.

"People will say 'can Jose Mourinho get the best out of Paul Pogba?'".

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United fans were particularly thrilled for the player after he finally got off the mark.

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