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Man Utd to appoint Director of Football after transfer window shambles

12 August, 2018, 16:56 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Man Utd news Jose Mourinho did not get the central defender he wanted on deadline day

We planned to go to Old Trafford early yesterday to try to get Pogba's autograph before the players went off to their hotel, but had a delay with the auto hire at Manchester Airport and missed the team.

Mourinho's relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has become fractured, and the new plans at United would be an attempt to bridge the gap between them.

Speaking to journalists after his Man of the Match display on Friday, Pogba said the following when asked about captaining United and being committed to the cause.

The France star was named skipper for his side's 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Friday and delivered a commanding performance, which included a goal from the penalty spot.

"We don't really have one", Pogba said on Sky Sports. That being said, the majority of pundits thought David de Gea should fill the vacancy, but alas Mourinho favored more of a "position player" in the captain's role.

Ahead of his side's Premier League opener, the Portuguese insisted he and his contemporaries should be called "head coaches" as opposed to "managers", a statement which now appears quite relevant.

"For us, it will be a hard season because I had my plans, and I had my plans for many months, and I started the Premier League season without a situation I thought was possible".

Ton-up Woakes Lords it over India in second Test
The second session will be vital with India still looking to get early wickets to keep England's first-innings lead to a minimum. What's done is done, though, and India will look for a disciplined bowling performance to get back into the game.

However, Fred, will not be the only Brazilian in United's first team this campaign.

"It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline, but I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play".

"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was wonderful but the fuel was disappearing".

"They're all here, they help me, my team-mates, obviously it makes me want to give them love and give them good performances on the pitch".

"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".

So, could the reports of a rift between Pogba and Mourinho be true or are the midfielder's comments being blown out of proportion? He's a midfield player that technically is very good.

Matteo Darmian, hoping for a return to Italy before the end of the month, tested Schmeichel at the near post early into a second half that United started with bundles of possession but few clear-cut chances.

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