Manchester United bosses 'vetoed' Jose Mourinho's targets

Tottenham transfer news Man Utd Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham transfer news Man Utd Toby Alderweireld

Harry Maguire, who could face United for Leicester today, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin emerged as a late target yesterday.

"My perception? He arrived Monday, happy, proud, with a desire to work", said Mourinho in response to questions about Pogba returning to training.

The club believe they have delivered over the course of the last two windows on the agreed targets with around £73m invested this window in Fred, Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant, as well £35m for Alexis Sanchez in January.

In reality an intermediary had contacted United a few days earlier asking whether they would be interested in the experienced 32-year-old.

"This is Man United", said Merson.

However, Eurosport understand from reliable sources close to the club that Pogba has not made any financial demands to the club.

Manchester United begins its season off on the right foot, with World Cup-winner Paul Pogba scoring alongside Romelu Lukaku. However, Metro reports that as far as Tottenham's boss is concerned, there is no move.

Jose Mourinho confirmed that as many as 10 players are likely to miss the Premier League opener.

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

While United and other Premier League teams in England will not be able to bring in players after August 9, they can still sell players to other teams around Europe until August 31.

"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners".

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie".

"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same".

"I have my players and I like my players", Mourinho said.

"When you repeat 1000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, a lie repeated 1000 times is still a lie".

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