Manchester United v Leicester City

Tanya Simon
August 10, 2018

Former England manager Sam Allardyce believes break down in negotiations stopped Manchester United from signing a new centre-back.

And in news that is sure to frustrate most United supporters coming to terms with getting behind the squad they have, and resolving to do so by hoping the defence will be freshened up from within, one of the club's most talented youngsters is going to leave the club on loan.

Harry Maguire, who could face United for Leicester today, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin emerged as a late target yesterday. "By the end of November or December, you don't need words, you'll see by then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho did not expect to add to his squad before the close of the English Premier League transfer window yesterday on an unusually quiet deadline day for English clubs.

Internally, the greatest frustration for Mourinho has been waiting for the return of those players who had the longest World Cup campaigns.

The Red Devils were only able to make three signings in the summer window and Mourinho was left frustrated at a perceived lack of activity from executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

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

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However, Pogba returns to United with a World Cup winners' medal and Mourinho will be hoping the Frenchman takes his form from Russian Federation into the Premier League.

United have, however, struggled to build on that deal, with Mourinho conceding that there may be no more additions on the final day of the summer window.

Three early points and a flawless start to the season.

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website).

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

"I like my players and my group".

"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times is still a lie".

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