What Jose Mourinho's comments on Liverpool's spending really mean

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Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have all struggled to prove themselves at Old Trafford with regular mistakes pushing Mourinho to look for another centre-back.

Manchester United were linked with a swoop to sign Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur.

"So if we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us".

Manchester United ended their preseason campaign with defeat to Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Sunday.

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"Finally, it's over. Finally, such a hard pre-season is over", Mourinho told manutd.com.

Having switched to a 4-3-3 late last term, Mourinho will likely start with the same formation for 2018-19, with new signing Fred set to add the new dimension to their play which should benefit Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

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There will be a huge spotlight on Pogba in particular, with his triumphant run to World Cup glory with France showing just what he can offer in a side firing on all cylinders.

But Martial returned for Manchester United's pre-season games only to leave for the birth of his child.

They write: "Anthony Martial's future is also uncertain after he also failed to make the trip to Germany".

Mourinho, according to sources, does not want an unhappy player in his dressing room but Woodward is reluctant to part company with a young player who still has two years on his contract.

It has been a disappointing summer so far, with major areas in the first team in desperate need of investment and transition; with the fanbase not willing to give Jose Mourinho any patience, he will need to hit the ground running and his insistence on senior players is therefore natural.

The Premier League transfer window slams shuts at 5pm in three days' time.

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