Manchester United vs Leicester City - predicted starting XI

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It is understood United officials have grown increasingly tired and suspicious of Pogba's high-profile agent Mino Raiola, whom they blame for stories that his client would prefer to play for Barcelona.

"As Manchester United... as a big team", he said.

Brazil global Fred, highly-rated but raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

Romelu Lukaku is only among the subs because of fitness concerns, as is Anthony Martial, meaning that Marcus Rashford will lead the line for United.

The next and final conversation was the intermediary telling United that Godin had signed a new contract.

The likes of Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, Barcelona's Yerry Mina and Tottenham's Toby Aldewireld were all viewed as too risky and expensive by the board.

'I am not confident, ' Mourinho (below) said of United's chance of new signings yesterday morning.

The club insist the 25-year-old Frenchman is not for sale at any price amid concerns that he has fallen out with Jose Mourinho. If he joined, it's unlikely that Alexis Sanchez would've arrived in January.

Mourinho wanted a third choice home-grown eligible goalkeeper and Lee Grant was signed.

The centre-back position didn't become an issue until this summer and since then the club's hierarchy have felt that the options open to them have not warranted the investment required.

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.

Mourinho welcomed back World Cup players Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini on Monday - the first time he has had his complete squad this summer.

"If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour".

"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners". "I'd prefer to have them even if they are not top, top, top". Having left the club's United States tour to attend the birth of his child, the French forward will now "start again", Mourinho said, with pre-season training.

"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. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal. "I like to work with my players".