Gary Neville tells Premier League challengers to 'leave one on Manchester City'

Pogba played a huge part in Les Bleus' first triumph since 1998, bossing the midfield as his team downed the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia on the way to glory.

Mourinho has criticized the club's hierarchy for failing to sufficiently strengthen his roster, despite the signings of Brazilian global midfielder Fred and Portuguese fullback Diogo Dalot.

But Mourinho has been keen on bolstering his squad further after they finished second last season, 19 points behind champions Manchester City.

The Belgium playmaker said after the World Cup that he felt it might be time to move on and Real Madrid have regularly been mentioned as potential suitors.

Mourinho will be without a number of key players for the season-opener this evening. "I'm happy for them", Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match".

FIFA are formulating plans for a consistent transfer deadline across world football, which would aid Premier League sides after their setback this year.

Whatever the explanation, the lack of new faces compounds issues surrounding the United squad heading into the Premier League season.

At 8:00pm this evening, United and Leicester will do likewise.

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot are out through injury tonight, as are Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

Leicester also spent heavily on seven new players with a £104.3m outlay, topped by Championship prospect James Maddison (£24m) but also secured the services of former West Brom captain Jonny Evans for just £3.5m. Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49 appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he impressed in a struggling side.

"The players from a year ago are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", Klopp said during the club's promising preseason tour in the United States.

"They spent more money than us so I think in the Premier League, we must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have". Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change.

  • Julie Sanders