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"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".

On Thursday, Mourinho seemed to dismiss the chance of United signing anyone in the last knockings and yet reports emerged of enquiries for Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin, amid similar interest in Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.

It is for these reasons that Mourinho was understandably frustrated by the club not bringing in any new central defenders during the summer transfer window.

So how would Man United line up if Mourinho had landed the players he desired?

The highly-rated Juventus full-back has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford but the club decided not to strengthen this position once again.

The Ivorian global was signed by Mourinho for £30m in 2016 and fans consider him to be the best centre-back at the club.


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It will be the eighth time the midfielder has captained United and is a big vote of confidence in a player who has made it clear he wants to leave, and Pogba could keep the captaincy when Antonio Valencia returns from injury.

Elsewhere, Everton is hopeful of tying up a deal for Barcelona center-back Yerry Mina, who scored three times for Colombia at the World Cup, and Brazilian winger Bernard.

After a brilliant World Cup, Perisic is now worth nearly double that figure.

It means they go into their first Premier League game of the season against Leicester City at Old Trafford tonight without signing the centre-back Mourinho (right) asked for during pre-season.

For all of their attacking and goalkeeping talents, however, most football fans can agree that United's defence needed reinforcing this summer. If he joined, it's unlikely that Alexis Sanchez would've arrived in January.

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