Sam Allardyce: Manchester United's negotiations have broken down

10 August, 2018, 14:58 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he will be without at least six players for the start of the Premier League season.

But Allardyce has some sympathy for United's chiefs, given the prices they were quoted for various players.

Looking at the year as a whole, the club has brought in Alexis Sanchez, Brazilian midfielder Fred, promising full-back Diogo Dalot and a veteran goalkeeper, in Lee Grant, that looks set to deputise for David De Gea this season.

Brazil global Fred, highly-rated but raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

The next and final conversation was the intermediary telling United that Godin had signed a new contract.

Former Scottish global Craig Burley raised the possibility that the club board were trying to push the Portuguese coach out of Old Trafford by "trying to make his life as miserable as possible".

Mina was regarded by United as far off the level that they wanted in a centre-back and there were concerns about his all-round game.

It also now looks like long-standing target Toby Alderweireld will be staying at Tottenham. But I am astonished, astonished that a club of their ilk, a club with their clout, a club that were so far off the pace a year ago in terms of the points gap, that they have done little or nothing. He's in the group of players who didn't have a pre season, it's as simple as that.

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

Speaking at Carrington, Mourinho said: "If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, ten minutes half an hour..."

"I have my players and I like my players", he said. "I'd prefer to have them even if they are not top, top, top".

Since then, he's fallen out of favor at times at United under Mourinho and was unable to sustain consistent playing time.

That will hardly have endeared Martial, who was left out of the weekend friendly against Bayern Munich, to Mourinho, although the manager insisted that omission was not a punishment. He's one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels.

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie".

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