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Mourinho confident United will find right players amid Pogba talk

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 21 Jul 2016

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Jose Mourinho is happy with how Manchester United’s squad is shaping up ahead of the new season and remains confident they will recruit a new midfielder – whether it is Paul Pogba or not.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford, four years after leaving United for Juventus on a free transfer, with reports suggesting a fee of approximately £92million has been agreed between the two clubs with a further £18.4m to be paid to the player’s agent Mino Raiola.

Mourinho refused to discuss Pogba specifically but praised vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s work in the window so far.

He told reporters in Shanghai ahead of United’s International Champions Cup clash with Borussia Dortmund: “I don’t confirm and I don’t deny [a move for Pogba].

“I cannot tell you. First of all because I don’t think it’s correct to speak about players of other clubs, and he is a Juventus player not a Manchester United player.

“The only thing I can say is that my board, my directors did fantastic work to do 75 per cent of the job I asked them to do. I gave them four profiles of players we need, and I gave them a few options, and they did for me 75 per cent of the job with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan and [Eric] Bailly.

“And we have just 25 per cent to do until August 31 so we are in great conditions to have what I would consider a good market.

“We are calm, we know the profile of player we want. We have three faces that fill that profile and I’m really confident that [Ed] Woodward and the owners will bring me that profile of player that I think the squad needs to have a good balance.”

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