It's been a pretty gloomy pre-season for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. Despite being quick in making Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant sign on the dotted line earlier this summer, Mourinho's camp have been left frustrated in their pursuit of signing the likes of Harry Maguire, Mina and Jerome Boateng.
"I am not confident".
But, according to reports in Bild and kicker as well as on broadcaster Sky, Boateng called United manager Mourinho on Tuesday to inform him he won't move to Old Trafford. "I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have".
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'It is hard for me to understand we finish second which I keep saying, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game'.
"Harry Maguire did great at the World Cup, but of the players potentially available he would not be my first choice", Ferdinand told The Mirror."I would go for Alderweireld, all day long, because he is suited to the way United play".
"They returned on Monday, trained for four days so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", he added. "In Championship Manager you can just press a button".
"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".