Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

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Manchester United kick off the 2018-19 Premier League season on Friday night as they host Leicester City at Old Trafford. The team has World Cup victor Paul Pogba leading the midfield, and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku manning the attack with Alexis Sanchez.

Mourinho's blatant plea came amidst a groundswell of anger at the antics of the Man United board.

United would have paid up to £100m (€111m) for Varane but the Frenchman was never available and as the options were put to them over the course of a transfer window there were too many good reasons to ignore them.

However, Eurosport understand from reliable sources close to the club that Pogba has not made any financial demands to the club.

Despite reports of late moves for Diego Godín and Jérôme Boateng, Jose Mourinho did not get his much-coveted centre-back and will instead have to do make with the same familiar faces as last season.

However, the Red Devils are believed to have informed the La Liga giants that they aren't desirous to strike Pogba off their books.

A busy conclusion to the Premier League transfer window continued as Chelsea signed Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan deal, but Jose Mourinho does not expect Manchester United to make any further additions.

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Manchester United begins its season off on the right foot, with World Cup-winner Paul Pogba scoring alongside Romelu Lukaku.

"I have my players and I like my players".

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad".

Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester tonight.

Asked if he had the tools to compete without new signings, Mourinho said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website). "When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times".

"But again, the perception of the people that reads can be different, but I like my players and my group".

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