Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

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.

Several transfer targets were identified but failed to materialise and it seems the United boss doesn't fancy his chances of closing the considerable gap on Champions City with the pool of players left at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese went some way to countering suggestions he is unhappy with his squad at his pre-match press conference. He's in the group of players who didn't have a pre season, it's as simple as that.

He also moaned about the lack of players available to him during the off-season because of the World Cup and slammed the quality of depth within his squad. You can not expect them to be fit.

"We need you as the manager", one supporter wrote. The amount of time he has spent injured over the past few seasons was enough to put United off any negotiations for the German. The World Cup-winning midfielder reportedly informed the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward via text that he intends to leave the club following a rejected approach from Barcelona.

"[Diogo] Dalot - he had a surgery at Porto by the end of April and is not yet ready". He worked amazingly well on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and he's one of the players I have to speak with to see how physically and mentally he feels.

Mauricio Pochettino says his side are BOLD for not signing anyone
The Argentine said: 'If we have all the squad thinking as individuals rather than as a collective, you can not succeed. Of course, we are open to improving but if you can't improve the most important is to keep your best team and players.

"After Spurs there is an global break".

But an inconsistent defense may get a test from England global striker Jamie Vardy, though the Foxes did lose their best player - Riyad Mahrez - in the summer as he was sold to Manchester City.

'Now that I know my team-mates, I can focus on what I want to win.

Brazil worldwide Fred, highly-rated but raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

Varane worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid and has gone onto become a multiple time Champions League victor.

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