Jose Mourinho hints at a change of tactics in Leicester City opener

Paola Ditto
Agosto 10, 2018

On Thursday, however, the Mirror reported that Pogba does not want to leave the club that signed him from Juventus prior to the 216-17 season. United said they were happy to be kept informed.

Manchester United's transfer window closed with a whimper today.

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "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".

The Old Trafford faithful had demanded the club make a strong statement after United finished 19 points off the top of the Premier League past year.

Earlier this week, Sanchez had urged the Red Devils to make big signings if they wanted to compete with their rivals this season.

Elsewhere, 35-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has joined MLS side Montreal Impact until the end of the 2018 season, with the option of a further year.

Harry Maguire was a genuine target, and although no progress was ever made with Leicester, United are still admirers of the England player.

The club did not consider any other centre-back on Jose Mourinho's wishlist of a similar value.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer. Internally, the greatest frustration for Mourinho has been waiting for the return those players who had the longest World Cup campaigns. "I'd prefer to have them even if they are not top, top, top (in terms of fitness)".

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

"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". Having left the club's United States tour to attend the birth of his child, the French forward will now "start again", Mourinho said, with pre-season training. I like my players and my group.

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

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