Mourinho loses power battle as United board opt against defensive signings

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However his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has appeared strained at times and after some comments from his manager after France's World Cup win it was reported that Pogba wanted to leave.

With their opening fixture just a day away, United are left with the same core squad that mustered a second place finish last season.

Mourinho is desperate for a centre-back with Harry Maguire still believed be keen to switch Leicester for the Red Devils, just a year after his £17m move from Hull City.

United's pre-season saw them go on tour to the United States, playing five games before travelling to German for a friendly with Bayern Munich.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has shed some light on defender Toby Alderweireld's future in north London. However, Metro reports that as far as Tottenham's boss is concerned, there is no move.

The signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk to give energy to the midfield was a long-term project, with serious negotiations starting back in February.

Mourinho wanted a third choice home-grown eligible goalkeeper and Lee Grant was signed.

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The centre-back position didn't become an issue until this summer and since then the club's hierarchy have felt that the options open to them have not warranted the investment required.

Throughout the window Mourinho made his displeasure at the lack of business obvious: "My CEO what I want for quite a long time, he knows what I want".

Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester tonight.

Speaking at Carrington, Mourinho said: "If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, ten minutes half an hour..."

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website).

"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners".

"But again, the perception of the people that reads can be different, but I like my players and my group". "I like to work with my players".

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