Mourinho 'angry and frustrated' after Man Utd centre-half signing flop


Therefore Manchester United would likely be incentivised to offer Pogba a better contract to ward off Barcelona or drive his transfer fee up for a move in January or next summer.

Tottenham became the first Premier League team since the inception of the transfer window to go all summer without a new signing, as the deadline passed this evening with no Spurs incomings.

Whether it were mind games or genuine woe, the Portuguese continually insisted on more additions in his pre-season press conferences and only received Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant in return.

A fascinating piece by Daniel Taylor, in The Guardian, details some of the reasons why United opted not to splash big money once the likes of Varane were not on the market.

"My perception is he arrived Monday, happy, proud, with a desire to work", Mourinho said ahead of Friday's opening Premier League fixture against Leicester.

Newly-promoted Fulham brought in five new players, including Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa for a club-record £30m.

"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".

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It is understood United officials have grown increasingly tired and suspicious of Pogba's high-profile agent Mino Raiola, whom they blame for stories that his client would prefer to play for Barcelona.

Speaking at Carrington, Mourinho said: "If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, ten minutes half an hour..."

'I am not confident, ' Mourinho (below) said of United's chance of new signings yesterday morning.

Mourinho is without a host of key players who has just returned to training after the World Cup, so expect Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba to make it beyond the bench.

The Red Devils did not get off to a great start results-wise with three consecutive draws coming against Club American, San Jose Earthquakes and AC Milan - the latter in the International Champions Cup.

"You [the media] repeat 1,000 times my relations with my players is not good", Mourinho stated.