Wednesday, 22 August, 2018


Mourinho hopeful World Cup stars can face Leicester

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Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Premier League opener between Manchester United and Leicester on Friday, Mourinho was in a defensive mood about the criticism his United team got for finishing behind a massive 19 points behind Pep Guardiola's record-breaking City side. The 25-year-old signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth around £50 million and joined up with United for part of their preseason tour of the US after a post-World Cup break.

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"If he goes the opposite way and things don't go well and he keeps moaning and groaning, I would be disappointed if they didn't just pull the rug from under his feet and say, "this isn't looking good, we've had enough of you, get out of here".

United were asked if they would be interested in signing Atlético Madrid defender Diego Godín, only for the Uruguay captain to sign a new contract with the Spanish club a few days later.

"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".

"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".

Manchester United missed out on some key signings to bolster areas of weakness in the summer transfer window, such as at centre-half and on the right wing. And this season, for the first time in his career, Mourinho enters year three not having already succeeded but with something left to prove.

However, Eurosport understand from reliable sources close to the club that Pogba has not made any financial demands to the club.

"I have my players and I like my players", Mourinho said.

"A lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true".

"We are confident you can win the league this year".

"I like my players and my group".

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