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Jose Mourinho left frustrated as Manchester United fail to land centre-back

Benik Afobe was re-signed by Wolves for £10m...only to be sold to Stoke for £12m a few days later Benik Afobe was re-signed by Wolves for £10m...only to be sold to Stoke for £12m a few days later Credit PA
Edward Snyder | 11 August, 2018, 17:52

Fulham became the first promoted Premier League club to spend more than £100m with a deadline-day splurge, including André Frank Zambo Anguissa for £30m, while Wolves have also recruited heavily and broke their transfer record this week by paying £18m for the Middlesbrough winger Adama Traoré.

Manchester City are the clear favourites to retain their title after their brilliant campaign last season saw them set a record points tally of 100.

But whatever the explanation for the lack of new faces, it only compounds issues surrounding the United squad heading into the Premier League season. I want to progress and get better again and I want to win more trophies.

The club says that the Welsh worldwide has resumed training but didn't reveal whether he will be available for selection against Manchester City.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players". But I think they will win.

Versatile full-back Matteo Darmian has been linked with a return to Italy, but injuries to summer signing Dalot and the experienced Antonio Valencia leaves them short at right-back.




So far Tottenham's interest in Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been rebuffed with the Championship club holding out for a reported fee in excess of £30 million.

"Number two, we went into the game with Chelsea - we lost two Community Shields before - and this was a strong Chelsea team".

United and its fans pride themselves on the club's history of promoting youth team players and nurturing them into world class talents.

Riyad Mahrez was City's only high profile acquisition but Guardiola is fine with that, and said: "We believe we have a good squad".

"We didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is hard to add players".

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer.

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