Mourinho loses power battle as United board opt against defensive signings

10 August, 2018, 15:42 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Alexis Sanchez has told ESPN that he would have liked Manchester United to have signed "many more world-class players" in the summer transfer window. Internally, the greatest frustration for Mourinho has been waiting for the return those players who had the longest World Cup campaigns.

United seemed intent on only replacing players who left rather than improving on the squad.

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

"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".

"He didn't have a pre-season, three days of pre-season", Mourinho said.

"You try to make a case and there is no case in it. But when you are nine days without one minute of training or football, you go back and start with the other people".

Mourinho's relationship with players like Pogba and Martial has come under close scrutiny, as have the manager's mood swings over the club's failure to complete key signings he wanted in the transfer window.

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The Chile global, 29, said he feels more comfortable at United now following a full preseason with the club and hopes to combine more effectively with teammates Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku this term, beginning with the season-opening match against Leicester City on Friday.

A 4-1 defeat followed at the hands of Premier League rivals Liverpool before a win against Champions League winners Real Madrid, followed by a second loss to Bayern Munich.

"We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad".

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"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie."

". Along with the new signings, nearly 9 players have left the club with key player Riyadh Mahrez joining reigning champions Manchester City, Robert Huth being released and record signing Ahmed Musa leaving for Al-Nassr to name a few.

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

"Any point can be crucial - you don't know what is going to happen at the end of the season".

"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".

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