Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Mourinho prepared for 'difficult' season after transfer woes

Mourinho prepared for 'difficult' season after transfer woes

But he won't start against Leicester City in the opening game of the Premier League as Jose Mourinho look to protect his World Cup stars.

Leicester also have their own fair share of injury concerns as Matty James and Nampalys Mendy are out while James Maddison, Jonny Evans, Demarai Gray, Maguire and Jamie Vardy will all be assessed ahead of kick off. I want to play [Anthony] Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis but I couldn't.

"It's important to win and play well, we played well in periods against a good team that invest more than us", said Mourinho. Barcelona's Yerry Mina and Bayern Munich's Jérôme Boateng are also claimed to be on Mourinho's radar, despite contrasting World Cup performances for Colombia and Germany respectively.

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City hasn't dipped into the deep pockets of its Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola's first two summers in charge, but has still strengthened with club-record signing Riyad Mahrez.

With Puel having a lot to ponder on the right-hand side, he will be happy that the left seems to be in order. It's been years since I've had a pre-season like this one, and I hope I'm in good shape to face Leicester.

However, the Chilean winger looked like a shadow of what we know he can be.

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According to the Daily Mirror, United chiefs have told Mourinho that the club needs to be more like their neighbours - both on and off the pitch. It was more hard in the second half without the energy.

Schmeichel did his opposite number one better at the other end, somehow keeping out a Lukaku shot from close range after the Belgium global found himself all alone in front of the Leicester goal.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds demonstrated their ability to beat City on the big occasion last season, winning three of the four meetings between the sides, including a 5-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarterfinals. 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.

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According to reports, United were ready to spend big on a world-class defender, with a £100million move for Raphael Varane considered before Real Madrid made it clear that the France worldwide was not for sale.

He was caught out behind a couple of times with his lack of pace, caught square with Daniel Amartey on the right, and was often sloppy in possession.

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