Manchester United vs Leicester City - predicted starting XI
- Author: Kyle Peterson Aug 11, 2018,
Aug 11, 2018, 2:05
But proposed deals for Harry Maguire, Alderweireld, Yerry Mina, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin never materialised.
Mourinho also suggested that the players who featured in the semi-finals and final of the World Cup aren't fit enough to face Leicester but they may still need to be called upon due to the number of players unavailable. This is United's default setting under Mourinho.
The path to the three points began with a Paul Pogba penalty kick just two minutes in after a hand ball, and the World Cup victor with France made no mistake, finishing calmly into the far post. Leicester now haven't won a Premier League game at Old Trafford since February 1998 and haven't started a top-flight campaign with an away win since beating Aston Villa in 1933.
Ashley Young and Luke Shaw will fight for the left-back spot instead.
Eric Bailly put in the kind of performance that made you wonder why Mourinho was so desperate to sign another centre-back in the first place.
United were prepared to break the world transfer record for a defender and spend up to £100m, but Old Trafford executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could not deliver a big buy.
United finished second last season behind their rivals Manchester City.
Valencia has been picked to captain the side most often during Mourinho's two years in charge, taking the armband 42 times.
"I'm going to enjoy this season".
According to the Daily Mirror, United chiefs have told Mourinho that the club needs to be more like their neighbours - both on and off the pitch.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer.
The Croatian winger nearly joined the Red Devils in 2017 but Woodward baulked at paying Inter Milan's £45m asking price.
"Unavailable is Romero - he had a surgery after his injury before the World Cup".
Mourinho is very fond of the Welsh winger and there's been plenty of speculation surrounding a move to Man United in each of the last three summers. It might have been because he trained so well in the four days since returning to Carrington that Jose Mourinho could not leave him out. When the deadline passed at 5pm on Thursday there were no new arrivals at Old Trafford.