Manchester United were ready to spend £100m on central defender

Silvia Morton
August 11, 2018

In stark contrast, and as he feared, United boss Mourinho was unable to land the central defender he craves and could come face to face with his prime target Harry Maguire when the Reds host Leicester in tonight's Premier League curtain-raiser.

Perhaps the opening game of the 2018 Premier League season will be remembered as the time when Luke Shaw finally found his way at Manchester United, with the 23-year-old scoring his first senior goal in a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

"I see him very well but we need words with that small group to see if they can give us a hand".

"He didn't have a pre-season, three days of pre-season", Mourinho said. The style of play under Mourinho has not been easy to watch but he'll always say I don't care what style but we finished second in the league.

"I like my players and my group".

Despite finishing 19 points adrift of their local rivals, Manchester United only brought in Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant over the summer transfer window. "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 global 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".

"I'm going to enjoy this season".

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It is no secret that Mourinho has been keen to add to his squad and would have liked to add a defender. Mourinho also needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup.

According to the Daily Mirror, United chiefs have told Mourinho that the club needs to be more like their neighbours - both on and off the pitch.

Jose Mourinho selected a youthful squad to take to America after a number of players were missing due to the World Cup.

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.

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.

The French International returned to Manchester on Monday.

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

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