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Jose Mourinho told 29-year-old would bring leadership to Man United

Jose Mourinho told 29-year-old would bring leadership to Man United

Having been linked with Paris Saint-Germain for weeks, Manchester United weighed in at the weekend as they look to reinforce their defence before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday.

The Red Devils were often criticised for their stale and lethargic performances last season, and Sanchez - who was often a frustrated figure as a result - admits they needed to play more lovely football.

After securing the signatures of Brazilian worldwide midfielder Fred and Portuguese teenage full-back Diogo Dalot early in the window, strengthening his centre-back options has been Mourinho's priority.

However, Liverpool did their business early and are not expected to be busy on deadline day after recruiting Brazilian worldwide Alisson Becker for a short-lived world record 72.5 million euro fee for a goalkeeper and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. The ability to reach the Champions League final several months ago showed that Liverpool has the talent to win the league this season and some astute buying in the off-season seems to have strengthened their defensive screen.

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"He said: "[Sergio] Romero, he had a surgery after his injury, [Antonio] Valencia, he was injured in pre-eason, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, [Diogo] Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and he is not yet ready. Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position past year was one of my biggest achievements in England'. They are a good team, a solid team, an experienced team. "Nobody is consistent with 11 players". But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things.

One of Mourinho's biggest gripes is that he feels he is not getting the backing he wants in the transfer market, but United have already spent vast sums under his watch.

Paul Pogba did not follow suit as the French World Cup winner's frosty relationship with Mourinho has sparked interest from Barcelona.

Maguire and Leicester's main goal threat, Jamie Vardy, may not start, having just returned to pre-season training this week after their exertions in Russian Federation.

United's second bid for Maguire is believed to have been worth around £60million, but Leicester are holding out for £75m despite publicly insisting the 25-year-old is not for sale.

The Italian takes his side to Huddersfield Town on Saturday where Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world's most expensive keeper at 71 million pounds ($91.43 million), is set to make his debut. Marcos Rojo - he was injured in the World Cup.