Mourinho prepared for 'difficult' season after transfer woes

Heather Diaz
August 12, 2018

José Mourinho's Manchester United squeaked a 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the first match of the new Premier League season.

It lead the Portuguese to vent his feelings after the final whistle at Old Trafford and reiterate his warning for the new season.

He wrote: "I'll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what's going on".

'For us, it will be a hard season because I had my plans for many months. Football managers should be called now more head coaches.

A tense relationship with Jose Mourinho appears to be at the heart of it. Questions about their relationship were raised last term and the midfielder is said to have been annoyed by his manager's comments around the World Cup.

'We have to wait for end of November, beginning of December to understand how things are going and if we can fight for the title.

The 25-year-old believes that there is no point doing a job if you are not enjoying it, so he was asked whether he is currently happy and comfortable right now.

"It was nearly as if they were saying 'look this is Old Trafford, and we are United - this is how we play'". The Foxes spent the summer upgrading their defense, signing Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira to shore up a defense that allowed 60 goals last season, the fifth most in the Premier League.

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And then the birdie, settling for par that, inside, had to have felt like bogey (or worse). More than anything, this is just a guy flailing when he knows he can do better.

The Frenchman also declined to mention Mourinho when speaking to reporters after the game, insisting that he gives his all in every match for the fans, his team-mates and those that trust him.

"There are things and there are things that I can not say otherwise I will get fined".

Leicester's Daniel Amartey had handled the ball inside the box after a shot from Sanchez, and the Chilean was clearly upset at not being given the chance to take the spot kick.

Losing Pogba now would be a huge blow to the club as we would not be able to find a replacement for him either.

United gaffer Jose Mourinho claims he "needed six changes not three" in his side's season opener, with Anthony Martial seeing no game as other options had to take priority.

He is the best left-back at the club when he is fit and flying so I am glad he has got his goal, because it should take a bit of pressure off him.

But Claude Puel's side was unable to maintain that level in the second half, and Juan Mata should have scored for United after good work from Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

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