Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Man Utd: Mourinho hoping for one more signing before window shuts

Man Utd: Mourinho hoping for one more signing before window shuts

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stressed that "honest man" Eric Bailly remains a part of his plans for the new season.

"The atmosphere was good, but if I was them I wouldn't come".

Although global players like Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and David De Gea will be available for their first game against Leicester on August 10, they will not have played a game for three weeks and may well not have trained properly either. Besides him, United are also understood to hold an interest in Spurs' Toby Alderweireld, although the final transfer value remains a concern in signing either player. They face a further friendly against Bayern Munich in Munich on August 5. " he asked a reporter at the post-match press conference. I wait to see if it's possible to have one of these players". If not then we keep fighting and working and believing in the players we have'.

Alexis Sanchez did feature in MI, but he cut a frustrated figure as Andreas Pereira's stunning free-kick strike provided scant consolation for a United side ripped apart by Liverpool.

From the squad that started the trip, Mourinho has lost Valencia and Nemanja Matic to injury, while Anthony Martial has returned home for the birth of his child.

"You want him to be very happy with the players he has around him?"

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"After the [Borussia] Dortmund game, I didn't feel really good but I knew I don't have to make it bigger than it is".

Eric Bailly was injured, he shouldn't be playing, but when he saw that (Chris) Smalling in the warm-up was coming out, he made a decision by himself not to let his team play with five kids in the back against (Mohamed) Salah, Mane and company so he put himself there for 90 minutes.

"That's not normal after four days in the club - adapting that well to the style of play", Klopp said.

He revealed afterwards that Serbia player Matic had undergone surgery on an unspecified injury at the World Cup and will miss the start of the new campaign. We are playing here just to survive and to have some not very happy results.

Striker Anthony Martial remains in Paris having also left the USA for the birth of his second child. It was not fair on Alexis (Sanchez) and (Juan) Mata and (Ander) Herrera. The short term need for players to return to training early has to balance with the need to ensure they are recharged and rested after the World Cup.

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