Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

Express Sport understands United were prepared to break the bank and spend a world-record £100million to bring Real Madrid star Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.

"At the moment words are not important".

"Lets get back to the United style of play".

Toby Alderweireled was the next best thing, with Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng next in line, but the club were not willing to back Mourinho's judgement and sign Alderweireld from Tottenham despite his evident desire to leave the club for more money.

However, Wright thinks United missed the trick and could be chasing City's shadows again this season.

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

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

But an inconsistent defense may get a test from England global striker Jamie Vardy, though the Foxes did lose their best player - Riyad Mahrez - in the summer as he was sold to Manchester City. "I am happy with all the players at the moment".

"He looks fed up and with what has come up from the America trip I don't see him lasting the season".

The situation leaves United with plenty to do ahead of the new season and an increasingly slim chance of going all the way in 2018/19.

The 2018-19 Premier League season officially begins on Friday when title contender Manchester United welcomes Leicester City to Old Trafford. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal. "He didn't have nine days of preseason where no training, no football, absolutely nothing".

Otherwise, Leicester have no injury worries, but the same can't be said for United who will be without Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic.

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players, including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk, missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.

Pogba, meanwhile, could be on the bench against Leicester despite only training for four days since arriving back in Manchester following his triumph with France in Russian Federation.

"But it's the same conversation as with [Ashley] Young, [Marouane] Fellaini, [Jesse] Lingard, it's the same".

'If they feel they can help us [against Leicester] - 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour. We don't have many solutions and want to go with everything we have.