Michael Owen warns Man United trio about ‘defining season’ at Old Trafford

Paola Ditto
Agosto 10, 2018

"It's time just to say "tomorrow we have a Premier League match" and we have to play to win it".

Mourinho's comments seem a stark contrast to those which he reverberated during his side's pre-season tour of America - where he seemingly ruled out any chance of the younger members of his squad breaking into the first team during the upcoming campaign, insisted Anthony Martial should have spent less time with his newborn child and slammed fans for paying money to watch Manchester United play overseas.

The central defender that Jose Mourinho so desperately craved did not emerge on transfer deadline day to leave the Manchester United coach with a squad he's not particularly fond of.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have been drenched in frustration in recent weeks, having failed to add to the early additions of Fred, Lee Grant, and Diogo Dalot.

United would have paid up to £100m (€111m) for Varane but the Frenchman was never available and as the options were put to them over the course of a transfer window there were too many good reasons to ignore them. Even with the poor recruitments, the 20-time champions will be expected to win the Premier League title.

Newly-promoted Fulham brought in five new players, including Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa for a club-record £30m.

United had seven players involved in the final weekend of the World Cup with Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba representing the club and set to return late.

In fact, the 28 goals they conceded was the second-fewest in the top flight and although United's defence leaves something to be desired, David De Gea still remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

"There was never a need to change what Man United do - the formula is there and there was never a need of a new philosophy", the 43-year-old told Malay Mail at Resorts World Genting last month.

So how would Man United line up if Mourinho had landed the players he desired? He's a midfield player that technically is very good.

"I relish every challenge, it doesn't matter what, I love to work".

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