Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho 'fuming' with Mino Raiola over Paul Pogba

Toby Alderweireld

The signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk to give energy to the midfield was a long-term project, with serious negotiations starting back in February.

Contrary to current belief though, Mourinho has been fairly successful in the transfer window in his two years at Manchester United and has built perhaps the strongest side Old Trafford has seen since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

Yerry Mina was offered by Barcelona to United and a number of other clubs before the World Cup for €11m in an attempt by the Spanish champions to get their money back on a player they signed in January.

It is believed that Pogba wants to ply his trade in Spain alongdside Lionel Messi and his old Juventus pal Arturo Vidal who move from Bayern to Barcelona last week.

"He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level".

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With United's reported interest in bringing the Brazilian worldwide to Old Trafford, Willian has spoken to reporters about the influence Mourinho has had on his career, admitting the former Chelsea boss is the best manager he has ever worked with.

"The truth is I'm very eager to get started with the new season, and I'm very motivated", he said.

"In the five or six months that I've been here, it was all about learning, new training methods, working with a new coach and getting to know my team-mates".

United went into the campaign on the back of a tumultuous pre-season that was dominated by discontent and a lack of signings, leading to Jose Mourinho making veiled digs at the club's hierarchy and, while they secured all three points at home, the team's display was hardly an emphatic response. The Serie A window closes at 8pm on 17 August, the Bundesliga at 6pm on 31 August, and Ligue 1 at the same time as La Liga's.

Harry Maguire was a genuine target, and although no progress was ever made with Leicester, United are still admirers of the England player. The boss explained that the midfielder is one of several players he will hold talks with to determine if they're able to contribute to the cause in Friday's opening game.

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