According to the Daily Telegraph, Jose Mourinho does not want Manchester United’s pursuit of Paul Pogba to drag on beyond the Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley on August 7th – which gives the club just a month to try to wrap up a world record £90million plus deal for the Juventus and France international’s signature.
The United manager has made it clear, publicly and privately, that he has no intention of allowing the club to be backed into a corner on a frantic transfer deadline day scramble.
This will undoubtedly please the Old Trafford faithful, who experienced just this under his predecessors, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes. They will be delighted to see that Mourinho has all the club’s summer affairs under control, just a matter of days after starting officially in the role.
Pogba’s performance in yesterday evening’s Euro 2016 semi-final victory over Germany will only further have enhanced his reputation across Europe, as well as the expectations of Manchester United fans ahead of the upcoming season. If the 23-year-old can play in the same combative manner in which he tackled the German’s last night, then he will be very successful upon his return to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, despite earlier reports that the player would join the Red Devils after this summer’s Olympics, it turns out there is now ‘absolutely nothing’ in United’s interest in Hirving Lozano, according to Pachuca manager Diego Alonso. Indeed, the Manchester Evening News report that, the Mexico international is pleased by Manchester United’s interest and the chance of working under Jose Mourinho, but his club side Pachuca have dampened his excitement.
This club’s stance could see United miss out on Lozano this summer, which would be a shame. The 20-year-old has made over 90 senior appearances for his current side and one gets the feeling that he could be a real asset to Mourinho, even if only as a rotation player in this first season at the club. With the club lacking natural options out-wide, he would undoubtedly receive the opportunities to proof himself.
Finally, Manchester United have confirmed the additions to Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff with long-time assistant manager Rui Faria instilled as his right-hand man one again. Other names arriving at the club are coaches Silvino Louro, Ricardo Formosinho, Carlos Lalin and Emilio Alvarez, plus analyst Giovanni Cerra.
The Portuguese head coach will hope the familiar faces will assist him in creating an instant winning-mentality at Old Trafford, as he goes in pursuit of the Premier League title in his first season as the club’s manager. Based on everything we have seen since his first day on the job, he is keen to get everything/everyone settled as quickly as possible, and this can only have a positive impact.
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