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Jose Mourinho criticises Manchester United summer - Leicester spent more than us

Jose Mourinho criticises Manchester United summer - Leicester spent more than us

United will head into the new Premier League campaign having failed to bring in a new centre-back, despite being frequently linked with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng.

And when Martial left United's USA camp to return home for the birth of his child - and didn't return - it seemed his relationship with Jose Mourinho had hit an all-time low. "I have worked really hard over the preseason and I had a lot of time to reflect, and work on what I needed to", Shaw told Sky.

"I don't think I was playing as well as I could with my attacking capabilities last season, and that's what I'm known for". Paul Pogba couldn't play 90 minutes, Fred the same.

Mourinho was asked before kick-off if his choice to select the 25-year-old France global was an attempt to keep the player at Old Trafford amid sustained speculation that he could head to Barcelona later this month. We played very well, the performance was OK. The opaque reference to "what's going on" may also be a source of concern for United fans desperate to see him remain and flourish at the club for a long time.

A Shaw giveaway deep in his own area in the 75th minute nearly gifted Leicester the leveller, but De Gea made another spectacular save to stop Demarai Gray's first-time shot from a pinpoint Vardy cross.

"I would like to have two more, maybe one if possible", he said after losing 4-1 to Liverpool.

'That's football management. I think football is changing.

"I am very pleased for Luke Shaw".




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

Martial flew home from United's tour of the United States to be with his wife Melanie Da Cruz as she gave birth in Paris.

"He's in the group of players who didn't have a preseason, it's as simple as that".

Manchester United's transfer woes in pre-season has left Jose Mourinho feeling more like a head coach than a manager as his targets were reportedly vetoed.

As I was saying on BBC Radio 5 live on Friday, United have a very strong squad.

"When Sir Alex Ferguson was there, they got them over the line but when David Moyes went, he couldn't get players over the line and in the end, he got Everton players because he knew them and could sign them".

Yes, Marcus Rashford missed a couple of half-chances, but there was nothing clear-cut, while Romelu Lukaku should have scored when he was clean through but Kasper Schmeichel made a superb save.

Dion Dublin was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.


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