Mourinho recently vented his frustration about his club's lack of summer spending, with Fred the only big-money arrival. In fact, the report suggests that the personally phoned in to Jose Mourinho to let him know of his decision to remain at the Allianz Arena.
Indeed, players who are free agents can also be signed up until the August 31 deadline, meaning Neil will have no need to stress if he can't bring in any new faces before the August 9 window closes.
The 2015-16 Premier League champions insist they are under no pressure to sell after Riyad Mahrez joined Manchester City for £60 million and will only entertain offers well above the 25-year-old's market value, something United have so far refused to consider. However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth. "The information I have is no", he replied matter-of-factly.
Manchester United want a new defender.
On Thursday, Jose Mourinho gave a pre-match pass conference ahead of his side's game against Leicester City on Friday in which he discussed the club's plans for the market.
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And I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season.
At 21, Maddison will hoping to make his name in the Premier League early on, following an impressive season in the Championship, scoring 14 goals and recording eight assists.
Mourinho heads into the Leicester match with a hefty injury list, including key midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, while a host of other stars of only recently returned from their break after World Cup duty.
"They return on Monday, train Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready", he said, although he was happy that Chilean Alexis Sanchez was raring to go after a full pre-season.
Sources also said there are doubts about whether the 23-year-old, who is wanted by Everton and Lyon, would significantly improve a group that already includes Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo. Premier League came out of his mouth before we'd even finished the question. "In Championship Manager you can just press a button".
"Can we win something this season? I repeat: pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".