Jerome Boateng rejects Manchester United move

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

Now it looks like no new arrivals will be heading to Old Trafford in this window.unless Mourinho has something up his sleeve.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is Mourinho's first choice, but has reportedly phoned the Portuguese coach to tell him he won't be joining. I think it is clear what is going on and how we are going to move in the future.

Mourinho faced the press ahead of tomorrow's season opener against Leicester City, though the major topic of information was whether or not United would strengthen their squad.

"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time".

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second". Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position previous year was one of my biggest achievements in England'.

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"You also have to consider that Liverpool are City's Kryptonite".

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defenders Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo and midfielders Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera are all absent through injury for Friday.

"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", added Mourinho.

Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones all came back early from their own extended breaks but Mourinho sounded downbeat again when he was asked about the new season. In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

"The manager is obviously not happy about the signings he hasn't been able to make and not having certain players available on their pre-season tour, which isn't nice to hear if you are a young kid trying to make your mark on the fringes of the squad".

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