Manchester United vs Leicester City

Manchester United vs Leicester City

For the first time the EPL deadline has been moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United hosts Leicester City today.

The French World Cup victor is wanted by Barcelona and is said to be keen to join. In the campaign prior to that, United made complete mincemeat of their opponents by beating them 4-1.

Manchester United have struggled to land some of their top targets in the summer transfer window to raise questions about Mourinho's future at Old Trafford.

The Old Trafford faithful had demanded the club make a strong statement after United finished 19 points off the top of the Premier League past year.

Manchester United discussed a £100m bid for Raphael Varane late on in the transfer window, but ultimately failed to bring in a new defender for Jose Mourinho.

A new season begins tomorrow with Manchester United looking to catch up to neighbours City.

Mourinho is desperate for a centre-back with Harry Maguire still believed be keen to switch Leicester for the Red Devils, just a year after his £17m move from Hull City.

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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.

"It was more down to Mourinho's pragmatism and I'm not sure how much longer the players will put up with it".

Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester tonight.

While United and other Premier League teams in England will not be able to bring in players after August 9, they can still sell players to other teams around Europe until August 31. "I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier Leagues players directly", said Mourinho.

The Portuguese went some way to countering suggestions he is unhappy with his squad at his pre-match press conference. You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that.

"I have my players and I like my players", Mourinho said.

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