Paul Pogba captains Manchester United in Premier League opener against Leicester City

Hope Soto
August 11, 2018

The situation at Manchester United is intriguing with manager Jose Mourinho clearly frustrated by a quiet summer in the transfer window.

Manchester United endured a poor summer this time around.

Mourinho's transfer targets were not shared by the United board.

Mourinho had been desperate to add a defender to his squad before the Premier League kick-off against Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday but proposed deals for Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Yerry Mina, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin never materialised.

"I'm not confident", he told a pre-match news conference when asked whether another signing might be made. He said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".

"But again, the perception of the people that read can be different, but I like my players and my group". So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie. "I will have to focus on the players I have and, in relation to this first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs there is [the worldwide break] and a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people - it is better to focus on the players that are available for the first match".

Chelsea let the Serbian defensive midfielder leave for £35m last summer - and he enjoyed a remarkably consistent debut season at Old Trafford.

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

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

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot are out through injury tonight, as are Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic.

A new season begins tomorrow with Manchester United looking to catch up to neighbours City.

Shaw forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel just past the 40-minute mark, settling a pass from Juan Mata after some nice build-up play from United before firing right at the Leicester keeper.

Fans have been disappointed in the owner's apparent refusal to seriously back their manager as Mourinho had made it clear how many players he wanted to bring in.

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