Man United's centre-back search summed up poor transfer window

Mourinho has cut a forlorn figure at times during pre-season

This news has reportedly come as a big blow to Mourinho and United, who have struggled to get their targets over the line in this window.

Sources close to United insist there is still a chance at least one new player will arrive before the start of the season but there is an acceptance that time is not on their side. The centre-back has been one of Manchester United's top transfer targets but a deal could not be finalised as the two clubs failed to agree on a fee for the 29-year-old. Today, United make their move for Jerome Boateng...

United are aware of the fact that Hotspurs can back-out from the deal anytime before the transfer deadline day, so United are searching for the alternative for the defender.

"Sometimes we talk, we text, we send messages to each other via WhatsApp".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect to add to his squad as the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday, despite warning a hard season lies ahead for the English giants without further recruits.

Interest from Barcelona means that he may not be a Manchester United player for much longer, but his contributions to the club should not be underestimated.

By contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday's kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal.

With the transfer window set to shut down on Thursday, time is the most essential factor here, and both clubs are expected to find a way through on deadline day.

True, he was named Leicester's player of the year last season, so it wasn't as if his performances in Russian Federation were a fluke.

I think they know they're not really going to be seen as a great team and that Pep is not going to be seen as someone that has dominated English football if he doesn't win two in two or three in three. "It's time just to say "tomorrow we have a Premier League match" and we have to play to win it".

A string of disappointing performances in pre-season has also highlighted their need for defensive reinforcements.

But Mourinho must finally get the best from his star midfielder and Alexis Sánchez to avoid his third season in charge turning sour as it did in his second spell at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

He added: "It just doesn't look like United are in the right place at the minute to challenge for the league".

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