Transfer: Real reason Manchester United didn't back Mourinho in market revealed

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Allardyce was aware of the Red Devils' hunt for a new centre-back and had plenty to say ahead of the transfer window slamming shut. He said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".

Pogba scored for France in July's World Cup final and will hope to transfer his global success to United.

Paul Pogba, made captain for the night in Antonio Valencia's absence, stepped up and dispatched the penalty into the top corner past Kasper Schmeichel. It's Anthony Martial's turn to be publically criticised as he chose to spend time with his family after the birth of his child rather than return to America.

That will hardly have endeared Martial, who was left out of the weekend friendly against Bayern Munich, to Mourinho, although the manager insisted that omission was not a punishment.

"No miracles. The players with a proper pre-season are fit and they are strong".

Marcos Rojo is another player who sustained an injury while representing his country in Russian Federation so he'll miss the season opener along with summer signing Diogo Dalot as he's still recovering from knee surgery that he underwent in April.

"You try to make a case and there is no case in it".

With United's reported interest in bringing the Brazilian global to Old Trafford, Willian has spoken to reporters about the influence Mourinho has had on his career, admitting the former Chelsea boss is the best manager he has ever worked with.

The players appeared to briefly state their cases about who should take the shot, but Pogba - named captain for the day by Jose Mourinho - won out and converted his attempt to give United an early lead.

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie".

Chelsea let the Serbian defensive midfielder leave for £35m last summer - and he enjoyed a remarkably consistent debut season at Old Trafford. I want to progress and get better again and I want to win more trophies.

Pogba played a key role for France as Didier Deschamps' men triumphed in Russian Federation last month, though his participation in the latter stages of the tournament meant he was late in joining up with his club colleagues.

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