Paul Merson speaks the complete truth about Man Utd's summer transfer window

Paul Merson speaks the complete truth about Man Utd's summer transfer window

Paul Merson speaks the complete truth about Man Utd's summer transfer window

Red Devils chief executive Ed Woodward even met with Real President Florentino Perez over the summer to sound him out over the centre-back's availability, but were told he was unavailable. "You'll see which teams are candidates".

Claude Puel's realistic aim will be to have Leicester finish in the top half of the Premier League this season.

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second when I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, it is hard to believe that we finished second because you [the media] are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners", Mourinho said.

"Everyone has been speaking about Manchester United's desperation, which is unusual for Manchester United".

Manchester United begins its season off on the right foot, with World Cup-winner Paul Pogba scoring alongside Romelu Lukaku. In the campaign prior to that, United made complete mincemeat of their opponents by beating them 4-1.

"The target is the Leicester match", said the United manager. The Red Devils and the Foxes have had just 24 meetings between them. The clash has ended in a draw on 7 occasions.

"I have my players and I like my players", he said.

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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.

"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same".

And while those players are all now back in training, with Lukaku, Rashford and Jones having returned earlier than scheduled, Mourinho has admitted he will still be without a number of key players against Leicester.

However, the report suggests that the United hierarchy did not want to pay over the odds for players who did not come with a resale value, nor did they want to focus their attention on anyone who could only hold down places in the team on a short-term basis.

Kovacic is not the only Croatian on the move, with Leicester securing 21-year-old defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee understood to be worth in the region of £13m.

United's pre-season saw them go on tour to the United States, playing five games before travelling to German for a friendly with Bayern Munich.

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