Jose Mourinho Second with Manchester United among my biggest achievements

Alexis Sanchez wants Manchester United to sign players of Arturo Vidal's quality

The 2018-19 Premier League season officially begins on Friday when title contender Manchester United welcomes Leicester City to Old Trafford. United said they were happy to be kept informed.

Mourinho has his detractors, plenty of them present in the United support, but while they would have voiced their reservations over signings like Toby Alderweireld or Willian because of their age, they would have also accepted the players were a big upgrade on what they now had.

Manchester United finished 19 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City last season, while bitter rivals Liverpool FC have spent nearly £200m on new signings this summer.

It also now looks like long-standing target Toby Alderweireld will be staying at Tottenham.

How Mourinho reacts from now will be dictated to some extent by results, but the key objectives at the turn of the year have all been fulfilled as far as the club are concerned.

Mourinho wanted a third choice home-grown eligible goalkeeper and Lee Grant was signed.

And now it has emerged Varane was also spoken about in the corridors of power at United.

Mourinho warned it could be a "difficult season" if they did not bring in at least one more face, with centre-back the main focus.

"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same".

"This list of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players because everybody is different - physically and mentally - and to see how available they feel they are because their feeling is very important and understanding how they think they can help or not help". He was recently cut from 30/1 to just 6/1 to suffer the embarrassment of becoming the first Premier League gaffer to lose their job this season.

The Frenchman - who played at Old Trafford for five years - posted a video on Instagram in which he said: "This weekend the Premier League starts and we play our first game".

There was no question of Pogba being allowed to leave and there remains great support for Anthony Martial at the club, with every inquiry about him over the summer being met with a firm refusal.

Mourinho was left frustrated in his attempts to bolster United's squad ahead of the season, as the club failed to bring in a central defender, with a late bid for Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin proving fruitless.

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website). "We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very hard to add players to that", he said.

"I have my players and I like my players", he declared.

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