Jose Mourinho Second with Manchester United among my biggest achievements

Jose Mourinho Second with Manchester United among my biggest achievements

Jose Mourinho Second with Manchester United among my biggest achievements

The 2018/19 English Premier League will kick-off tonight with 20-time English Premier League winners Manchester United facing 2015 Premier League winners Leicester City in the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester.

"I asked for five players and they did not bring me any".

But Mourinho insists that while he will talk to Pogba before deciding when exactly to re-introduce him to competitive first team action, he has been happy with his attitude and first few days back in training in Manchester.

Leicester City - the visitors to Old Trafford for Friday's Premier League opener - are reported to have rejected an offer in the region of £60million for their England global Harry Maguire, while Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld has also been long touted as a United target.

Mourinho's comments seem a stark contrast to those which he reverberated during his side's pre-season tour of America - where he seemingly ruled out any chance of the younger members of his squad breaking into the first team during the upcoming campaign, insisted Anthony Martial should have spent less time with his newborn child and slammed fans for paying money to watch Manchester United play overseas.

"They returned on Monday, they trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", he added.

"I want to say a nice word, we were unlucky to get the Friday match as we could get the Sunday", he bemoaned at opening the campaign. To know how they feel physically mentally to try to give us a help. "If it is not possible, we will continue fighting, working and believing in those we have".

United already have half a dozen players ruled out with injury so they may be forced to risk a World Cup player at Old Trafford.

Maguire and Leicester's main goal threat, Jamie Vardy, may not start having just returned to pre-season training this week after their exertions in Russian Federation.

"I have my players and I like my players, I like to work with my players", said Mourinho. "It is a lie, repeated 1,000 times".

"I like my players and my group".

However, Tottenham have become the first Premier League club not to sign a player since transfer windows were introduced in 2003, with their primary target Jack Grealish remaining an Aston Villa player.

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