EPL 2018/19: Manchester United vs Leicester City


Ultimately the match felt typical of so many performances from United last season, with the side lacking spark and firepower in attack, but ultimately they got the three points they required.

Mourinho has bemoaned United's lack of first-team regulars during pre-season with several of their players returning to the club late following their involvement at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

However, Real Madrid have been unwilling to let him leave.

Leicester City reportedly wanted close to £75m and, despite Mourinho's protests, the Man United chiefs elected to pass.

"I will focus on the players that are available, so I am not even thinking about that list of injured players I gave you, (Nemanja) Matic, (Antonio) Valencia and so on". When the deadline passed at 5pm on Thursday there were no new arrivals at Old Trafford.

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"The Red Devils finished runners up last season, but I don't think they will emerge as realistic title contenders or neighbours City's biggest challengers for the title this season", Owen told BetVictor.

"I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier Leagues players directly", said Mourinho. After missing out on the likes of Diego Godin, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld in the last days of the window, Mourinho will now have to concentrate on the task at hand, as he noted in the pre-match press conference.

"I have my players and I like my players, I like to work with my players", said Mourinho. "I am going to enjoy this season again". While Jose Mourinho and the transfer until 5pm to buy in new players, their players can be bought or loaned after the deadline.

Therefore Manchester United would likely be incentivised to offer Pogba a better contract to ward off Barcelona or drive his transfer fee up for a move in January or next summer.

It's clear that Mourinho and Pogba don't always have the best relationship but the French midfielder is a huge talent and someone who could play a key part in bringing trophies back to Old Trafford. However, Mourinho's time in charge of the club has been filled with feuding with his players, ownership and the media.