Jose Mourinho facing a big second season as Manchester United boss

Posted July 28, 2017

Neymar was seen hugging Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba before Manchester United's clash against Barcelona in the pre-season tour of America on Sunday morning.

"I miss him a lot, I miss the guy a lot, I think he's a fantastic guy", the Portuguese tactician said, via The Telegraph .

United won the Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley in Mourinho's first game in charge and ended the campaign with Europa League glory as they beat Ajax in Stockholm. "I just think it is a new period without that face, without that leader, without that good influence on us".

"I think [for] some other clubs, there will be problems when they realise that the money that is coming in and is going out and I also think that the financial fair play authorities, they have big work to do".

"Today, one of my players, Paul Pogba, showed the level". I know that one thing is to defend against Messi, Suarez and Neymar, another thing is to defend against three good players but not three of the best players in the world. We are against fantastic teams, against unbelievable investments. "Even though he's not playing he's a leader outside of the pitch", said Pogba.

Mourinho signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton earlier this month to replace Ibrahimovic and spearhead his attack next term. Until now they spent zero pounds, right?

"To be honest, with the club [Madrid]'s structure, they wanted me to stay, they didn't want me to leave". We can not say we are going to improve the group because Wayne left.

As a team, how to defend players like that and definitely we will use this because we have the Champions League this season.

Similarly, a deal for Chelsea's Nemanja Matic was there to be done in June, but United, perhaps waiting for a breakthrough on top target Eric Dier instead, held back and did not push hard enough to complete a move. Perhaps Perisic might turn out to be a smokescreen to a move for Gareth Bale, who continues to be linked with United, but the clock is ticking, and the opening game of the season against West Ham at Old Trafford is now just over two weeks away.