Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

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Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Premier League opener between Manchester United and Leicester on Friday, Mourinho was in a defensive mood about the criticism his United team got for finishing behind a massive 19 points behind Pep Guardiola's record-breaking City side.

The Red Devils have been extremely light in the transfer window. Then you might have half a chance.

However, Timothy Fosu-Mensah left the club on deadline day after signing a season-long loan deal at Premier League newboys Fulham. "It's what the team lacked - someone who plays 'jogo bonito,' as they say in Brazil".

But his comments have caused outrage amongst some United fans and sparked a row over whether the producers of the show he appeared on, ESPN FC had an anti Manchester United agenda.

"He didn't have a pre-season, three days of pre-season", Mourinho said.

"Please help raise funds to get Jose out of Manchester United", Walsh writes.

West Ham signed Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal to complete a near 100-million pounds summer spend.

Ayr-born Burley, who has 46 caps for Scotland added: "Clearly nowhere near enough has been done to bridge the points gap with Manchester City [the English Premiership champions] from a year ago". The Red Devils and the Foxes have had just 24 meetings between them.

United's pre-season saw them go on tour to the United States, playing five games before travelling to German for a friendly with Bayern Munich. Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard return to training after extended leaves on Monday, which means that they are likely to be unfit for the match. For Leicester City, after using Riyad Mahrez, the team could very well find itself in the relegation battle if it stars slow.

"The theatre of dreams has become the theatre of nightmares and a place were people do dream but only because they have fallen asleep watching united".

Kovacic is not the only Croatian on the move, with Leicester securing 21-year-old defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee understood to be worth in the region of £13m.

The future of Manchester United and French worldwide midfielder Paul Pogba at Old Trafford remains a mystery as the transfer window slowly begins to close as conflicting reports continue to surface.

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