'I wouldn't be happy either': Paul Scholes writes off joyless Manchester United

'I wouldn't be happy either': Paul Scholes writes off joyless Manchester United

Manchester United lost their hope to sign the Belgian after the initial disagreement but now reached an agreement to sign the player but only after Tottenham is able to secure the replacement.

"The players with a proper pre-season are fit and they are strong".

"It's a massive challenge for us because it's new".

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

"We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very hard to add players to that", Pochettino said.

United's build-up to the new campaign has been dominated by manager Jose Mourinho's persistent grumbles over the strength of his squad.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said.

"I am not confident", Mourinho said of United's chance of new signings ahead of Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

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"It doesn't really look like the players enjoy. playing the way they do", Scholes told AFP in Hong Kong, where he was promoting 433 Token, a blockchain-based system aimed at nurturing young talent. It's true of just about anything in life- when you're standing still, you're actually falling behind.

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.

"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said.

"My view is that it is hard for me to believe that we finished second", he said.

United are further hamstrung with a host of key players including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford involved in the later stages of the World Cup limiting their pre-season preparations.

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.

Or they were and just much better at keeping it covert than the other clubs.