Jose Mourinho ‘overachieved’ with Man United — Sky Sports pundit

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According to the Argentinian manager, the whole transfer saga with Manchester United has been a load of smoke and mirrors, as the Belgian centre back is firmly staying with the Lilywhites. But Liverpool did its business early in splashing more than 170 million pounds (US$220 million) on Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. Pogba was one of the best young midfielders in the world at Juventus before joining United.

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

The next and final conversation was the intermediary telling United that Godin had signed a new contract.

The club only wanted to sign a defender in the bracket of Raphaël Varane, although Real Madrid would not listen to any offers for the World Cup victor.

The Old Trafford faithful had demanded the club make a strong statement after United finished 19 points off the top of the Premier League past year.

Although they are in the market for a centre-back, the Red Devils now appear to have withdrawn from the race.

"This is Manchester United".

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has shed some light on defender Toby Alderweireld's future in north London.

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Mourinho wanted a third choice home-grown eligible goalkeeper and Lee Grant was signed.

However, there has been little other late movement from the top six clubs with Mourinho in particular frustrated at missing out on a host of targets to bolster his options in central defense.

Jose Mourinho confirmed that as many as 10 players are likely to miss the Premier League opener. "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 Leagues players directly", said Mourinho.

"If you compare with Europe, you are at a complete disadvantage and it does not help the clubs in the Premier League", Pochettino said on Spurs' tour of the United States.

There was no question of Pogba being allowed to leave and there remains great support for Anthony Martial at the club, with every inquiry about him over the summer being met with a firm refusal.

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

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

"In football, you need time to work and you need players on the pitch to work with which we didn't have until now".

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