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Jose Mourinho allows Anthony Martial to leave pre-season

25 July, 2018, 22:02 | Author: Delia Walker
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A couple of years ago Harry Maguire joined Leicester City from Hull for £12 million and now he could be on the verge of becoming a £50 million centre-back.

The 25-year-old had a hard season at United last season, with Mourinho dropping him at several points' through-out last campaign.

Central defence is an area Jose Mourinho desperately needs to strengthen and Maguire has established himself as a solid Premier League performer in the last couple of seasons.

Reports in the Spanish media have linked Pogba with a return to Juventus, claiming he's keen to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin, but United insist the midfielder is going nowhere.

Mourinho, however, believes the World Cup environment helped Pogba to thrive.

United have had a relatively dry month of July where they have done very less in terms of approaching targets but there is expected to be some activity in the coming weeks with at least two signings wanted by Mourinho.

When he was asked directly how many new players he would like to bring in this transfer window, Mourinho answered: "I would get two more players".

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"I think the World Cup is the ideal habitat for a player like him to give (their) best".

"Of course, I am not happy".

Reflecting on his displays in Russian Federation he continued: "it is the ideal setting for a player like him to give his best".

While United's title rivals have also embarked on pre-season tours missing several World Cup stars, Mourinho rejected suggestions the mass absenteeism would create a "level playing field". So against Leicester and Brighton the situation is not incredible for us.

"We think having a player like Fred in the squad - who is more technical, more quality of passing in short spaces - he can maybe connect [with] the attacking players".

He would like to bring two more players to Old Trafford ahead of the new season but accepts it may be hard.




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