Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Man United v Leicester City

Toby Alderweireld United have long been linked with a move to sign Toby Alderweireld
Tamara Craig | 11 August, 2018, 19:14

Man Utd 1-0 Leicester: United head in to opening game with a patched-up squad so it isn't the best way to begin the new season but they are still able to field a solid side that's more than capable of winning tonight.

The former Red Devils midfielder told BBC Sport on what United need: "Last season, from a footballing point of view, United weren't great".

According to a UK Daily Mail report, the Frenchman has also informed club mates and backroom staff that he wants to quit the Old Trafford outfit two seasons after completing a then world record £89million switch from Juventus.

Mourinho has also taken aim at Liverpool and Tottenham, saying they "win nothing" but are painted as "serial winners" while his Manchester United get no credit.

Central defensive reinforcements are seen as a priority for United at this late stage, with the German World Cup victor Jerome Boateng being cited as the first-choice of Mourinho at this stage.

Pogba is just two years into a five-year contract at Old Trafford, but the France worldwide has endured a mixed time at the Premier League giants under Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho has cut a miserable figure all summer after only signing Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.

City midfielder has a huge chance to shine against Arsenal
Interest in Barcelona defender Yerry Mina was tempered by prohibitive agent demands, with the Colombia worldwide instead heading to Everton.

A hero of England's run to the World Cup semi-finals and United transfer target, Harry Maguire, starts for Leicester.

"I don't think I was playing as well as I could with my attacking capabilities last season, and that's what I'm known for".

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

"And can they play in a style that can keep their fans happy?"

Mourinho now though goes into tonight's game with the five central defenders he had previous year and the same full-backs who all gave him issues. "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".

"In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now".

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