Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Benik Afobe was re-signed by Wolves for £10m...only to be sold to Stoke for £12m a few days later
Benik Afobe was re-signed by Wolves for £10m...only to be sold to Stoke for £12m a few days later Credit PA
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10 August, 2018

Mourinho said it was "time to stop thinking about the market" and, unless there is a dramatic change throughout the day, that means United will be trying to win their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season without the new centre-half that the manager had identified as a priority.

Solhekol says Jose Mourinho was keen on the player but believes the club has been used by the Uruguayan's agent.

"I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to the first three matches, because after Spurs there is an global break and I have a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare them better".

"Naby Keita, I believe he will be a massive player, same with Fabinho, and Shaqiri will be a great signing too". Maybe next season we will go to the transfer window a little more active. Mourinho's assessment that United were in for a "difficult season" if he did not get his way proffers an image of an unhappy club.

Unai Emery will make his Premier League debut in Sunday's clash, and the former Bayern Munich coach has praised the new Arsenal coach following their battles in LaLiga.

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Sergio Romero, Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Matic are all injured for Leicester's visit, while Mourinho needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup.

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added.

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made slightly early returns so could be involved on Friday, perhaps helping to boost the mood of a manager who has looked downbeat for much of the summer. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe we finished second", said Mourinho ahead of his side's Premier League opener against Leicester.


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