Michael Owen warns Man United trio about ‘defining season’ at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho will want to make more signings today

Manchester United ended up 19 points adrift of their derby rivals, while Mourinho was criticised for his side's unadventurous style of play in the Premier League.

The Red Devils were desperately trying to sign a centre-back before the window closed.

"The target is the Leicester match", said the United manager. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal.

"I will focus on the players that are available, so I am not even thinking about that list of injured players I gave you, (Nemanja) Matic, (Antonio) Valencia and so on".

Leicester's steadfast refusal to sell Harry Maguire scuppered any move for the England star, while Press Association Sport understands Bayern Munich did not want to allow Jerome Boateng to head to Old Trafford on loan.

United were prepared to break the world transfer record for a defender and spend up to £100m, but Old Trafford executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could not deliver a big buy.

Leicester City reportedly wanted close to £75m and, despite Mourinho's protests, the Man United chiefs elected to pass.

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"It is the same, the same squad as last season", Mourinho told Sky Sports.

Pogba was linked with a move to Barcelona earlier this week but the United board never had any intention of selling him.

Elsewhere, Everton is hopeful of tying up a deal for Barcelona center-back Yerry Mina, who scored three times for Colombia at the World Cup, and Brazilian winger Bernard.

Mourinho has bemoaned United's lack of first-team regulars during pre-season with several of their players returning to the club late following their involvement at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Croatian winger nearly joined the Red Devils in 2017 but Woodward baulked at paying Inter Milan's £45m asking price.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table last term but the 20-time English champions finished a long way behind champions Manchester City.

Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (US$92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday to replace Belgian worldwide Thibaut Courtois, who has joined European champion Real Madrid.

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