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

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Although Manchester United was rather effective in the early parts of the transfer window with Brazilian Fred, Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot and veteran keeper Lee Grant joining the squad, Jose Mourinho was left frustrated with United refusing to sign some of the players on his wishlist.

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".

It remains to be seen whether United's lack of signings has a damaging impact on their season but the biggest worry is why they've struggled so much.

Burley said: "It's incredible". That means that United could not realistically replace Pogba due to the transfer window closing in England.

But an inconsistent defense may get a test from England worldwide striker Jamie Vardy, though the Foxes did lose their best player - Riyad Mahrez - in the summer as he was sold to Manchester City.

"They do not normally leave themselves in this position".

United voted against the early closing of the transfer window when it was put to the Premier League a year ago and feel that decision has been vindicated by the prices being quoted to them by European clubs trying to take advantage of the situation.

"I think a lot will depend on how his team plays, you know".

Mourinho spent £68 million to bring in Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant this summer but admitted during the preseason tour of the USA he wanted two more additions.

The 2018/19 English Premier League will kick-off tonight with 20-time English Premier League winners Manchester United facing 2015 Premier League winners Leicester City in the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal.

Manchester United boast a great record against the Foxes in their own backyard.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer. The agenda here is real!

For once Merson has nailed it - and even United fans agree.

United look set to miss out on a new centre-back as a result, despite being constantly linked with Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng in recent weeks.

He shakes his head as he adds: "But to bring nobody in?"

Manchester United reportedly wanted to pay £100 million for Raphael Varane, report The Guardian. "This is what you've got".