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Paul Merson speaks the complete truth about Man Utd's summer transfer window

Paul Merson speaks the complete truth about Man Utd's summer transfer window

Manchester United host Leicester City on Friday night in the Premier League's curtain raising clash of the 2018/19 clash.

The French World Cup victor is wanted by Barcelona and is said to be keen to join.

Mourinho's blatant plea came amidst a groundswell of anger at the antics of the Man United board.

The Manchester United boss cut a frustrated figure through the window as Ed Woodward failed to land his top targets.

Mourinho is desperate for a centre-back with Harry Maguire still believed be keen to switch Leicester for the Red Devils, just a year after his £17m move from Hull City.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he will be without at least six players for the start of the Premier League season. At United we have to sign big players with experience. The amount of time he has spent injured over the past few seasons was enough to put United off any negotiations for the German. There was no offer made for Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham.

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Despite reports of late moves for Diego Godín and Jérôme Boateng, Jose Mourinho did not get his much-coveted centre-back and will instead have to do make with the same familiar faces as last season.

How Mourinho reacts from now will be dictated to some extent by results, but the key objectives at the turn of the year have all been fulfilled as far as the club are concerned. Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard return to training after extended leaves on Monday, which means that they are likely to be unfit for the match.

Asked if he had the tools to compete without new signings, Mourinho said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players". They seem to have learned not to sign players whom Bayern Munich are ready to offload after the Bastian Schweinsteiger failure.

The Portuguese went some way to countering suggestions he is unhappy with his squad at his pre-match press conference.

"It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football, you need to behave different".

"But again, the perception of the people that reads can be different, but I like my players and my group".