Mourinho loses power battle as United board opt against defensive signings

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The Red Devils have been linked with the likes of Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng this week alone.

Mourinho, ahead of tonight's season kickoff against Leicester City, said: "Paul arrived back on Monday - happy, proud, with a desire to work".

United had seven players involved in the final weekend of the World Cup with Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba representing the club and set to return late. "We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very hard to add players to that", he said.

United were asked if they would be interested in signing Atlético Madrid defender Diego Godín, only for the Uruguay captain to sign a new contract with the Spanish club a few days later.

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

Manchester United might have purposefully denied Jose Mourinho his wish of a new centre-back in the hope that they can drive him out of the Old Trafford hot-seat.

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Manchester United boast a great record against the Foxes in their own backyard. However, Metro reports that as far as Tottenham's boss is concerned, there is no move.

"It was more down to Mourinho's pragmatism and I'm not sure how much longer the players will put up with it".

"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". It also included the shock departure of head scout Javier Ribalta, the announcement by two different players that they wanted to leave the club and the sale of full-back Daley Blind.

"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".

"Because you're not telling me Man United couldn't go out there and spend money on players".

"It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football, you need to behave different".

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