Manchester United season preview: Worrying signs under Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United kick the season off at 7:00 am on Saturday morning when they host the 2015-16 champions, Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy questions Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's transfer strategy after missing out on his top defensive targets.

Manchester United fans are absolutely furious with the club's hierarchy following the end of the summer transfer window.

'My view is that first of all it's hard for me to believe we finished second, ' said Mourinho of last season.

Likewise, in his final campaign in the Spanish capital in 2012-13, Mourinho clashed with a number of senior players in a trophyless season.

"If I was there playing.in that style of play, I wouldn't be happy either", said Scholes, who won 11 titles and two European cups at United under Alex Ferguson.

Sources close to both United and Tottenham insist no formal bid has been lodged, although Spurs are braced for a deadline-day offer - which could include either Chris Smalling or Marcos Rojo to satisfy Mauricio Pochettino's desire to find a replacement before Alderweireld is allowed to leave. Alisson, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri were all signed while Naby Keïta completed his move to Anfield a year after an agreement was reached with RB Leipzig.

Mourinho's squad should be boosted by the return of World Cup victor Paul Pogba, who arrived back at Carrington on Monday, and Anthony Martial, who did not travel to Munich for the friendly against Bayern after leaving the USA tour and missing more than a week of training to attend the birth of his son in Paris.

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.

Last year, EFL clubs voted to bring the closure of the window in-line with that of Premier League clubs - meaning that the transfer window closed at 5pm on August 9.

"In Championship Manager you can just press a button", he stated.

However, French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with holding an interest.

Elsewhere, Everton are hopeful of tying up a deal for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina, who scored three times for Colombia at the World Cup.

A wonderful summer of incomings concluded with the club-record capture of Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore for £18 million, and the loan signing of Belgium worldwide Leander Dendoncker - though the club say the deal will become permanent next summer.

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