Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

"Of course he does, but he's got Fred with him, he's got other players as well".

United stroked the ball around confidently during the early exchanges and that poise was personified by Pogba when he placed a third-minute penalty into the top-right corner after Daniel Amartey was adjudged to have handled Alexis Sanchez's deflected shot.

Now it looks like no new arrivals will be heading to Old Trafford in this window.unless Mourinho has something up his sleeve.

Mourinho held his first pre-match press conference of the season today and he provided a full team news and injury update to ahead of the visit of Leicester.

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Chelsea kick off their Premier League season away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. 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. This is United's default setting under Mourinho. Still, it was a display to suggest this could be his season in the same way he left his mark on the World Cup.

"Martial didn't have a pre-season", said Mourinho, quoted by ESPN. "I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game", he said.

Since then, he's fallen out of favor at times at United under Mourinho and was unable to sustain consistent playing time.

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

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Just 26 days after lifting the World Cup in Moscow, Paul Pogba was pressed back into action.

After a brilliant World Cup, Perisic is now worth nearly double that figure.

A summer of discontent at Old Trafford appeared to come to a head on Thursday as the transfer window ended without the reinforcements their manager had so publicly declared a priority.

Ogden writes: "Not for the first time in his managerial career, the story has become about Mourinho rather than the club where he's now in charge; it is rarely a signpost toward a positive and successful future when that happens".

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The Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester will be broadcast on NBCSN.

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