Boateng trains with Bayern amid PSG and Manchester United links

United begin their campaign against Leicester City on Friday (Aug 10), after a downbeat pre-season when they lost 4-1 to Liverpool and Mourinho voiced his frustration over a lack of new signings.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed", Mourinho said.

Although they are in the market for a centre-back, the Red Devils now appear to have withdrawn from the race.

Contrary to current belief though, Mourinho has been fairly successful in the transfer window in his two years at Manchester United and has built perhaps the strongest side Old Trafford has seen since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

Mourinho had been chasing a new centre-back in particular with Toby Alderweireld, Diego Godin, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng emerging as the main contenders this week.

Any hope with which Manchester United supporters woke up on transfer deadline day has quickly been quashed by Jose Mourinho.

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The Portuguese coach has clearly been disappointed by the club's close-season spending and has rued the fact that, like other top-flight clubs, many of his squad have had minimal preparation having had time off to recover from the World Cup.

Yet, United could end up facing one of Mourinho's top targets in Harry Maguire at Old Trafford, with Leicester reportedly holding out for a world-record fee for a defender to land one of England's key players during a run to the World Cup semifinals.

In terms of outgoings, Neil will still be able to loan out players to Football League clubs and can even sell players after Thursday - providing that the buying club is still within their nation's respective transfer window. "He will make them better". He redeemed himself slightly with solid performances during the World Cup for Colombia, although scoring three goals certainly added to the hype. "The list of injured players is an important list and, after training, I will speak with that group of [World Cup] players because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how they feel they are and to understand how they can help or not help". But still, we believe we can do better and dominate more.

"I would go for Alderweireld, all day long, because he is suited to the way United play".

United, according to sources, have the funds to complete the deals they want but will not be held to ransom at this late stage of the window.

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