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Sam Allardyce: Manchester United's negotiations have broken down

10 August 2018

By United's calculations he had simply missed too much football through injury over the last three years - playing no more than 19 league games in each season.

Paul Pogba's possible transfer to Barcelona after transfer deadline day could cause problems for Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho.

The 2018/19 English Premier League will kick-off tonight with 20-time English Premier League winners Manchester United facing 2015 Premier League winners Leicester City in the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester.

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Brazil global 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.

"My perception is he arrived Monday, happy, proud, with a desire to work", Mourinho said ahead of Friday's opening Premier League fixture against Leicester. It will be interesting to see how Paul Pogba turns Manchester United fortune this season.

Newly-promoted Fulham brought in five new players, including Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa for a club-record £30m. Even though we have improved a lot, we need to keep improving.

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Sky Sports recently reported that Tottenham were willing to sell three senior players, with Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele all made available for transfer.

Man United chiefs reportedly vetoed Mourinho's targets as they believed he was "targeting defenders who were no better than those they already had". Internally, the greatest frustration for Mourinho has been waiting for the return those players who had the longest World Cup campaigns. After a depleted squad took part in their pre-season tour of the United States, who will start tonight?

"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same. I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier Leagues players directly", said Mourinho. "It is a lie, repeated 1,000 times".

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Sam Allardyce: Manchester United's negotiations have broken down