Sam Allardyce: Manchester United's negotiations have broken down

Jerome Boateng looks set to leave Bayern Munich after seven years

Jerome Boateng looks set to leave Bayern Munich after seven years

Brazil global Fred, highly-rated but raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

For the first time the EPL deadline has been moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United hosts Leicester City today.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Premier League opener between Manchester United and Leicester on Friday, Mourinho was in a defensive mood about the criticism his United team got for finishing behind a massive 19 points behind Pep Guardiola's record-breaking City side.

I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier League player directly.

Pundit Paul Merson can't believe that stance, and told Sky Sports News (09/08/2018, 15:30) that if he was in charge of Manchester United, he would immediately sell midfielder Paul Pogba and replace him with Dembele, because he is one of the best around - though it's fair to say few United fans would echo those sentiments.

He said on Thursday that some of Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester.

"If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour".

"It is hard for me to understand, we finish second which I keep saying, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Jose Mourinho's men have won two of their last three fixtures against Leicester to nil, including this exact fixture nearly 12 months ago when United eased home 2-0.

United's pre-season saw them go on tour to the United States, playing five games before travelling to German for a friendly with Bayern Munich.

Elsewhere, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are given the nod at centre-back - an area that Mourinho was frustrated not to strengthen during the summer transfer window.

"The information I have is no", said Mourinho when asked if he would be adding to his squad. "When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times".

"I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match".

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