Mourinho loses power battle as United board opt against defensive signings

Mourinho loses power battle as United board opt against defensive signings

United's summer transfer business was restricted to the arrivals of Brazilian global midfielder Fred, the injured young Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.

Mourinho has his detractors, plenty of them present in the United support, but while they would have voiced their reservations over signings like Toby Alderweireld or Willian because of their age, they would have also accepted the players were a big upgrade on what they now had.

The Chilean global cited Spanish side Barcelona who signed Vidal from Bayern Munich in the close season. He was recently cut from 30/1 to just 6/1 to suffer the embarrassment of becoming the first Premier League gaffer to lose their job this season.

"So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie". In a post on Instagram, he wrote: "I want to thank everybody at @liverpoolfc for welcoming me into the family and being there for me through the tough and the good times, I wish you all the success in the future and I'll miss you all". It's not like Manchester United to do it like that.

They face Leicester in the opening game of the new season on Friday and Sanchez wants United to get off to a flying start. Go get your team right, get your tactics right, go get your team personnel right, oh and by the way, manage and encourage and get your players playing for you. He likes to paint pictures, I'm painting a picture as, you need to work with what you have now.

"The target is the Leicester match", said the United manager.

A 4-1 defeat followed at the hands of Premier League rivals Liverpool before a win against Champions League winners Real Madrid, followed by a second loss to Bayern Munich.

"I am not confident, and the market closes today, so it's time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed. There is something going on behind the scenes and I don't think Woodward is helping Mourinho as much as we really think".

"They are bigger, they are better and their standards are higher than [just] being in the top four". Internally, the greatest frustration for Mourinho has been waiting for the return those players who had the longest World Cup campaigns.

"Twelve months ago they were unprepared to do that deal, it beggars belief".

Now it looks like no new arrivals will be heading to Old Trafford in this window.unless Mourinho has something up his sleeve.

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