Details emerge explaining why the Man United chiefs vetoed Jose Mourinho's targets

Toby Alderweireld

A new season begins tomorrow with Manchester United looking to catch up to neighbours City.

"We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities".

"I am not confident", Mourinho said of United's chance of new signings on Thursday morning, speaking ahead of Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

One viewer told him on social media: "So Tottenham didn't sign one player and you wanna say Man United had the worst transfer window?!"

After a dismal two years in charge of United, Mourinho has come under fire from the Old Trafford faithful, with his dour tactics drawing criticism from fans and commentators alike.

While the United hierarchy is known to be reluctant to sell the young striker, Mourinho has endured a trying time in his relationship with Martial after he left United's American pre-season tour to attend the birth of his child and did not return - missing nine days of training.

"It is hard for me to understand, we finish second which I keep saying, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Tottenham 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.

Tottenham boss Pochettino happy to keep Alderweireld
Speaking about any possible incomings, the Tottenham manager said in a press conference: "I think it's so hard now". That is the key this season". "I am the boss and if I expect you to do something then you need to provide it".

"It's [improving] positively, it goes better". "I mean, it's early for that, but I am painting a picture".

Yerry Mina was another target but "United were put off by what they considered to be excessive agent fees".

"And I think United should be big enough, three or four months into the season, if we are seeing the same things as a year ago, just get rid of him".

"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match".

"I know the words you want me to say or not to say". Let's play football and see by the end of November or December.

"They are bigger, they are better and their standards are higher than [just] being in the top four". Reportedly the money was too much, but not by a great deal.

The England stars were given an extended break following their exploits at the World Cup this summer and only rejoined the rest of the Foxes squad this week. Leicester City, on the other hand, have recently lost Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City for £60m and just like United, have had disappointing pre-season results. Craig Burley speculates about whether Jose Mourinho is being driven out of Old Trafford.

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