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Michael Owen warns Man United trio about ‘defining season’ at Old Trafford

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at Anfield Paul Pogba transfer rumors: Barcelona or Manchester United?
Frederick Owens | 11 August, 2018, 00:45

But Mourinho insists that while he will talk to Pogba before deciding when exactly to re-introduce him to competitive first team action, he has been happy with his attitude and first few days back in training in Manchester.

The midfielder who amassed a total of 718 appearances for the club questioned the Portuguese manager's idea of a "new-look" for United, saying former manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already left the club with a ideal recipe for success.

Jose Mourinho named Pogba as captain for the match, while Romelu Lukaku started on the bench for Manchester United as did Jamie Vardy for Leicester.

After the United goal though it was mostly one-way traffic for the visiting side, with David De Gea repeatedly called into action including a miraculous save on a James Maddison shot that should have drawn Leicester level.

"We have brought in great managers without a doubt but let's take Mourinho for example. I hope so. Will it entertain the fans? No".

Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline, but an inflated market has made the challenge of improving defensively an even tougher ask.

They weren't always convincing, but United got the win they so desperately needed after a hard summer.

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Asked specifically about his chat with Silva, he continued: 'I did not need a lot of convincing. I know about Everton's players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team.


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But the man himself moved to quash such rumours in his pre-match interview, explaining that the Frenchman was handed the armband due to his influence on the rest of the team.

Man United chiefs reportedly vetoed Mourinho's targets as they believed he was "targeting defenders who were no better than those they already had".

Former Manchester United striker Owen ruled out the Red Devils launching a sustained challenge in the Premier League this season.

Mina was regarded by United as far off the level that they wanted in a centre-back and there were concerns about his all-round game.

"I said that during preseason and it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Preseason is hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

"I have my players and I like my players, I like to work with my players", said Mourinho.

"So he's to start again".

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