Paul Pogba skippers Manchester United on opening night

Jose Mourinho will want to make more signings today

Manchester United endured a poor summer this time around.

The central defender that Jose Mourinho so desperately craved did not emerge on transfer deadline day to leave the Manchester United coach with a squad he's not particularly fond of.

After a seemingly endless summer of football, the Premier League comes roaring back to life on Friday evening as Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Brazil worldwide Fred, highly-rated but raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".

Yerry Mina was offered by Barcelona to United and a number of other clubs before the World Cup for €11m in an attempt by the Spanish champions to get their money back on a player they signed in January.

"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".

Manchester United ended up 19 points adrift of their derby rivals, while Mourinho was criticised for his side's unadventurous style of play in the Premier League.

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players, including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk, missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.

"I think what Jose Mourinho saw and what all of us saw in the summer was Paul Pogba smashing the middle of the France changing room, calling on the rest of the players, demanding more from them".

He said on Thursday that some of Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester. Man. United 2, Leicester City 0. Having left the club's United States tour to attend the birth of his child, the French forward will now "start again", Mourinho said, with pre-season training.

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