Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Deadline Day Transfer: Manchester United to make three signings today

Deadline Day Transfer: Manchester United to make three signings today

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed", Mourinho said.

"They've not done anything", he told Sky Sports.

The Premier League giants are now faced with the prospect of keeping an unhappy squad member, who is set to earn a basic wage of £9.62m this season, plus a £3.78m loyalty bonus or grant Pogba's wish and open negotiations with Barcelona.

His inability to truly imprint his influence on the match was illustrated, more than anything else, by the fact that the Chilean gave away possession more than any other Manchester United player on the night.

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Up to six players, including former United star Johnny Evans, are facing injury issues while a late call is expected to be made on Jamie Vardy and United-target Harry Maguire. When Sir Alex Ferguson was there, they got them over the line but when David Moyes went, he couldn't get players over the line and in the end, he got Everton players because he knew them and could sign them.

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United purchased Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of around £54 million with the hope that he would be able to solve their problems in midfield. "I'd prefer to have them even if they are not top, top, top".

"I said that during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, it looked like I was saying something insane - but I repeat, pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work with".

"I had only two options, Scott (McTominay) or Paul, but if I play Scott I play two kids and a new player, so I asked Paul and he put himself available for the team and he was very, very good for us".

Pogba had been linked with a move to Barcelona due to his frosty relationship with Mourinho, who dropped the French World Cup victor on numerous occasions last season.

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

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