Jose Mourinho hits back at critics

Heather Diaz
August 9, 2018

Elsewhere, 35-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has joined MLS side Montreal Impact until the end of the 2018 season, with the option of a further year.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed demands for a tactical change this season.

Boateng will now remain at the Allianz Arena ahead of the 2018/2019 season.

After securing the signatures of Brazilian global midfielder Fred and Portuguese teenage full-back Diogo Dalot early in the window, strengthening his centre-back options has been Mourinho's priority.

Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng were all major targets that look like failing to materialise for the frustrated United manager.

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.

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"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

Pogba's relationship with Jose Mourinho has turned into a disillusioned one and the interest from Barca has apparently put the ball in the court of the French global.

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a Champions League spot.

As for those clubs in between the top and bottom, Owen has the usual clubs making up the rest of the top six, then Everton, Leicester and West Ham also in the top nine.

He said: "They have brought in a £60million goalkeeper (Alisson), I think Naby Keïta will make a great impact, we know of Xherdan Shaqiri's quality, and they have added Fabinho to the mix as well".

Boateng trained with Bayern Munich on Thursday, with Paris Saint-Germain now touted as the front-runners for his signature - a deal that can, of course, be done later in the month after the Premier League bows out of the market as a buying power.

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