Why Manchester United vetoed Jose Mourinho's short-term fixes

Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez had disappointing seasons at Manchester United last term

Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez had disappointing seasons at Manchester United last term

Jose Mourinho hailed a "monster" performance from Paul Pogba after the World Cup victor answered Manchester United's call and helped deliver victory against Leicester.

Yet after Mourinho was denied the signing of an elite centre-back in the summer window he voiced his frustrations by hinting United's board, led by Woodward, are acting as de facto football experts by having the final say over him regarding recruitment.

Asked if he had the tools to compete without new signings, Mourinho said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".

Victory in the Premier League opener was a much-needed shot in the arm after weeks of doom and gloom, with summer target Harry Maguire's inclusion in the Foxes' line-up serving as a reminder of what they missed.

Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the 2012/2013 season and since then three new faces have arrived - David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho. "Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is hard".

It was the first game back with United for Pogba after his World Cup-winning exploits, and he said it was challenge to find his form before eventually giving way to substitute Marouane Fellaini in the 84th minute. "The decision belonged to him, because Andreas Pereira comes from Valencia bench as a winger to play number six; Fred had 10 days training, Ukrainian league, comes direct to Old Trafford; Ander Herrera injured".

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I think Mr [Richard] Scudamore must be happy because it's a good way to start the Premier League. It's over, the market is closed.

"That's football, that's football management, I think football is changing and probably football managers should be called head coaches".

Mourinho was particularly annoyed to miss out on a series of centre-back targets, including Leicester's Harry Maguire who shone for England in Russian Federation.

"We should start the Premier League with a win and we did today". We thought [he could play a] maximum 60 minutes, but he managed 80.

The Portuguese has publicly criticised his players during pre-season, suggesting they're not good enough.

On top of his transfer troubles, Mourinho had a host of injuries and players lacking match sharpness after the World Cup to contend with. I know it's a great cup, it will stay in my mind, but I want to win all the trophies.

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