Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 9, 2018

Craig Bellamy has criticised Manchester United for their "desperate" scramble for a centre-back in the closing days of the summer transfer window.

Dean Henderson, Matty Willock, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Joel Pereira and Axel Tuanzebe all departed Old Trafford, while Tim Fosu-Mensah has joined Fulham for the rest of the season on deadline day.

But this was only a "soft" closure - with some deals still able to be completed after this deadline. There's [been] many rumours during the summer about players out.

"Their team is definitely already good enough to challenge champions Manchester City for the title, but can Jose get the best out them?"

"We didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is hard to add players".

EFL clubs have until the end of August to wrap up any loan business with United.

Juventus and Barcelona have both been credited with serious interest in snapping up the 25-year-old.

"I think despite Boateng's injuries that he brings leadership to Man United, which they don't have", Hislop told ESPN FC.

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"He doesn't want to leave, he hasn't asked to leave, he hasn't asked for more money either, like we've read in some reports here in England".

Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, presented an offer from Barca earlier this week which was rejected by United. "I'm sure we will be available to win the game".

Scholes also urged French World Cup-winner Paul Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona and is said to have a hard relationship with Mourinho, to stay put.

He said: "I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".

Spurs failed to make an addition to their squad over the summer, meaning they will go into the new season with the same squad that finished the last one.

Pep Guardiola remains in charge at City and he'll be mindful of the fact that no club has retained the title since Manchester United back in 2008/09.

Arsenal fans heading to their clash with Manchester City on Sunday will do so with a sense of excitement and a little trepidation as new manager Unai Emery begins the post-Wenger era with the toughest of all opening matches.

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