Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

José Mourinho takes aim at Manchester United’s board

José Mourinho takes aim at Manchester United’s board

Seventy seven seconds. That was all it took for the storm clouds which had enveloped Manchester United's pre-season to be blown away after Jose Mourinho's side were awarded an early penalty against Leicester City on Friday night in the opening Premier League game of the 2018-19 season.

United spent over £70m in the summer window to sign Fred, Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant, but was frustrated to be left without a new centre-half.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes explained what it would take for Mourinho to stand down as the Red Devils boss at the end of the Premier League season. "But very complete performance, he just has to keep going, the mentality was very good, the tactical discipline was very good too and he had the power to move forward and score an important goal for us".

"I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in", he said. It's the last time I speak about it.

"I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches". I enjoy the last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position in five or six years.

I didn't win a Premier League, didn't win a Champions League or European Championship'.

And when Amartey was substituted, it didn't get much better - Luke Shaw completely lost Rachid Ghezzal for his goal in the 83rd minute, while Ricardo Pereira was ineffective right-wing and only started to look like a Premier League player when switched to right-back. "We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have".

'Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard'. Pogba responded with a strong all-round performance, as well as scoring the opening goal after what I have to say was a very unusual run-up for his penalty.

"I won't be full from a World Cup", Pogba told Sky Sports following the game.

"He was a monster".

"The team played as a team", Mourinho said. "I like challenges, I want to progress and win more trophies".

Leicester manager Claude Puel felt his side deserved a draw.

Yes, Marcus Rashford missed a couple of half-chances, but there was nothing clear-cut, while Romelu Lukaku should have scored when he was clean through but Kasper Schmeichel made a superb save. "It was more hard in the second half".

Mourinho's transfer targets were not shared by the United board.

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