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Mourinho fears "difficult season" for Manchester United

Mourinho fears

United were one of the few that voted against the proposal. He could have been watching his Ecuadorian team-mate Jefferson Montero, who came on as a second-half substitute for Swansea, or even young United keeper Dean Henderson, who made his Sheffield United debut after joining the Blades on a season-long loan.

Sources have told ESPN FC United are looking to sign a centre-back before the start of the season with Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Jose Gimenez and Kalidou Koulibaly all on the list of candidates.

Mourinho, according to sources, is open to the idea of replacing Martial with Willian but Woodward has concerns about swapping the 22-year-old for the Brazilian, who will be 30 this month.

"Jose has said that he wants to stay at United for life".

"They have the resources, they've got a fantastic fan-base and one of the best coaches in the world".

It is widely known that Mourinho has identified Premier League experience to try and help his team close the gap to Manchester City and while it seems as if there has been progression insofar as getting the name he wants in defence, it is the right-sided attacker where his hopes have been dashed.

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"We were playing against their best team, it was their complete squad apart from (Corentin) Tolisso". He is a great manager, I really enjoyed working with him.

Ince believes Mourinho could walk over transfer frustration.

"The mood is good", he said.

"They've got more competition than they've ever had before and it's coming from the other side of the city", he added.

"Obviously, a disappointing result [against Bayern] - it could have gone better - but I think when we get everyone back and everyone training together we can look forward to Friday".

Current Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward has so far struggled to provide his manager with the signings he has requested during the summer transfer window, although he still has until 5pm Thursday to rectify the situation.