Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

EPL: Mauricio Pochettino set to replace Mourinho at Manchester United

EPL: Mauricio Pochettino set to replace Mourinho at Manchester United

Mourinho is at loggerheads with United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over potential new signings, his team have looked desperately poor in their first four pre-season friendlies, and latest reports claim the Red Devils' squad feel uncomfortable in his presence right now. The likes of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Ivan Perisic and many more have been rumoured to be on the Red Devils' radar but they are yet to sign anyone of them.

"I think in every pre-season it happens basically the same and probably with every club, which is the manager wants more".

To understand the extent of damage done to the squad, refer to this Twitter post from a fan writer which truly highlights the problems United could face as they begin the new season.

One player who will not start the season is midfielder Matic, who joined the tour in Los Angeles, only to be unable to train and then undergo surgery in Philadelphia, with him unlikely to play for several weeks.

Mourinho has nine players out injured, while a further eight still on extended breaks following their exploits in the Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation this summer and not due back in training until this week.

Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof are not in the USA after taking time off following the World Cup.

"I don't think he's a leader", Mourinho said, when revealing Bailly's ankle is badly swollen.

However, Mourinho has been heavily criticized by a lot of pundits and even the United faithful for the negative and defensive tactics that he prioritizes in most of his games. What I don't agree with is that the Premier League starts now.

Jose Mourinho's side won their first ICC match 9-8 on penalties following a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in California, before they fell to Premier League rivals Liverpool 4-1 in Ann Arbor. "The Premier League could and should do that".

"They are there, just for that". It's a strong shell.

Finally, Mourinho had to add some comments on the refereeing and also took a swipe at the officials, who awarded Liverpool two penalties in the game, "But the referee was called in by mistake".

The Croatian winger has previously played for Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Club Brugge. "But you don't know what goes on behind closed doors".

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