Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Leicester City

Silvia Morton
August 10, 2018

Craig Bellamy has criticised Manchester United for their "desperate" scramble for a centre-back in the closing days of the summer transfer window.

Several transfer targets were identified but failed to materialise and it seems the United boss doesn't fancy his chances of closing the considerable gap on Champions City with the pool of players left at Old Trafford.

"The theatre of dreams has become the theatre of nightmares and a place were people do dream but only because they have fallen asleep watching united".

Internally, the greatest frustration for Mourinho has been waiting for the return of those players who had the longest World Cup campaigns.

United have denied that Pogba has asked for a pay rise, while stating the 25-year-old midfielder will not be sold following the end of the window for Premier League clubs.

It has been a odd summer for United and their manager, Jose Mourinho, who appears to have fallen out with club officials and players alike.

On Thursday, however, the Mirror reported that Pogba does not want to leave the club that signed him from Juventus prior to the 216-17 season.

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Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester tonight. "I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches".

"If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour".

"In years gone by you would have looked at games at Old Trafford and assumed it was going to be a home win, but there are teams now with a lot of quality in their sides who can go these big places and give these teams a real good game". Clubs from other leagues are also free to bid for Premier League players.

When talking in a media session about Spurs' opening fixture against Newcastle this Saturday lunchtime, Pochettino addressed the rumours, saying: "We didn't receive (any offer) for any player".

"This list of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players because everybody is different - physically and mentally - and to see how available they feel they are because their feeling is very important and understanding how they think they can help or not help".

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