Mourinho hopes World Cup players can feature in opener

"Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, that are buying everything and everybody".

Still, United's inability to sign a new centre-back - Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld seemingly topping the wishlist after a move for Yerry Mina failed - has left the Portuguese boss anxious about the season ahead.

Jose Mourinho is looking to capture Jerome Boateng's signature this summer, but faces heavy competition from other clubs. United have been linked with the likes of Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld in recent weeks but are yet to add to the arrivals of Fred, Diogo Dalot and backup goalkeeper Lee Grant.

"We were playing against their best team, it was their complete squad apart from (Corentin) Tolisso".

His ability has convinced United boss Mourinho to give the iconic squad number to the striker, with the Portuguese admitting that Rashford has been interested in claiming it for his own for some time.

The game was tiresome and United ended up losing to a single Javi Martinez goal, but Mourinho's positive take on fielding several younger members of his squad was a welcome change from some of his recent comments.

Many of Manchester United's players represented their countries during the World Cup.

The Daily Mirror reported that United are closing in on a £60m move for the Belgian.

Bayern Munich have put a €50m (£44.5m) price tag on Boateng, who is also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain. I hope he'll stay with us because he's an important player. "Not only him but also the others".

Manchester United may feel they made a statement in rejecting Barcelona's bid for Paul Pogba yesterday; however, reports today suggest the club should brace themselves for a saga from now until Thursday. The Red Devils begin their EPL campaign against Leicester City on Saturday morning (Singapore time).

  • Stacy Allen