Jose Mourinho furious over centre-back hunt

Harry Maguire at LCFC pre-season

Harry Maguire at LCFC pre-season

Harry Maguire, who could face United for Leicester on Friday, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham and Mina were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin emerged as a late target on Thursday.

Boss Jose Mourinho is not expecting a deal to go through for any of the quartet, however, with the blame being put exclusively on executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's shoulders.

It remains to be seen whether United's lack of signings has a damaging impact on their season but the biggest worry is why they've struggled so much.

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has proposed the idea that United's refusal to grant Mourinho his demands may stem from a sinister desire to get him to quit without having to pay a huge fee to sack him following his new contract back in January. "Mina as well, he went from Brazil to Barcelona, hasn't really had any game time at Barcelona".

While United and other Premier League teams in England will not be able to bring in players after August 9, they can still sell players to other teams around Europe until August 31. Marcos Rojo - he was injured in the World Cup.

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"As a manager, when you sit in front of the media, you are not only talking to your fans and players, you are also talking to the board and I think he's got to stop talking to the board now".

Although they are in the market for a centre-back, the Red Devils now appear to have withdrawn from the race.

"He's got [Victor] Lindelof, [Eric] Bailly, [Chris] Smalling or [Phil] Jones, they are all worldwide footballers and they are now thinking that they aren't really wanted there". Now you want a lot of money for someone else?' It's just the late surge of it. But Liverpool did its business early in splashing more than 170 million pounds (US$220 million) on Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

"He's more than ready but you can not have the players who arrived only last Monday after the World Cup semi-finals or final and three weeks' holiday".

"To know how they feel physically, mentally to try to give us a help". They were trying to get it done before the World Cup but before a ball was kicked they had it done.

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