Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United: Sign players or expect hard season

Tanya Simon
August 6, 2018

However, with speculation surrounding Anthony Martial's immediate future, and several others sitting out the club's entire pre-season, it is unclear whether United will be in a much stronger position when they open their domestic campaign against Leicester.

The 20-year-old starts for United in their final pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena having recently returned early from his holiday to help out manager Jose Mourinho.

Willian has already irritated new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri by arriving back late from his summer break, claiming that a passport problem was the reason for his late arrival.

Chelsea have shown in the past they are willing to do business with United after selling their rivals Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic while the Manchester giants did a similar straight swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January. "And with the fantastic spirit we have, in the majority of the players, I repeat: in the majority of the players, we have a fantastic spirit, we go with everything we have to the Premier League". I still have a few days to wait (for) what is going to happen.

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So there you have it, if United want to sign Boateng they must fork out €55m, which will come as bad news to Mourinho.

But now, Bayern Munich have reportedly offered United an opportunity to sign Jerome Boateng. And, at the same time, [Robert] Lewandowski on Axel, [Arjen] Robben on Mitchell, [Leon] Goretzka on Garner and Sulle on Chong. "It was their complete squad apart from [Corentin] Tolisso".

And the club have looked at a number of options, including Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld.

"Of course, he respected the big Rooney and then Zlatan wanted to have it. It's something fantastic for the kid, let's give the shirt to him".

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