Manchester United vs Leicester

Manchester United vs Leicester

United finished a distant 19 points behind local rivals Manchester City despite finishing second in the Premier League last season.

The Express claims that Spurs value the 29-year-old at £55 million - a fee that United are unwilling to pay, and it seems ever more likely that Jose Mourinho will miss out on one of his key summer transfer targets.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has turned down Manchester United's offer.

United open the Premier League season against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday and Mourinho's squad is also depleted by injuries and the tight turnaround from the World Cup.

"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time".

United have so far signed three players this summer - Brazil midfielder Fred for £47m, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Leicester's light World Cup recovery list: "When I look to Leicester, if I am not wrong, only Maguire and Vardy were in the World Cup, the final phase, because [Kasper] Schmeichel was, but back sooner".

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"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added.

"It is hard for me to understand we finished second".

Both clubs have managers who could be perceived to have underperformed last season, both of whom will be hoping to start their season with a few positive results after an underwhelming pre-season.

Boateng's main aim is to win one more Champions League title. I am happy with all the players at the moment'.

Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones all came back early from their own extended breaks but Mourinho sounded downbeat again when he was asked about the new season.

'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'. In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now.

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