Jose Mourinho is ‘asking to be sacked’ but ‘needs new players’

Jurgen Klopp

"I don't know", said Mourinho when asked when Matic would return. I think I am not going to get two.

"I don't think he's a leader", Mourinho said, when revealing Bailly's ankle is badly swollen.

But while his media hysterics are now familiar, sources in the United camp have indicated that Mourinho is plotting the more controversial move of arranging a team visit to aquatic theme park SeaWorld at exactly the same time his men are supposed to be playing against Real Madrid in Miami.

This will be the club's final friendly in the United States of America, and penultimate exhibition match of the 2018-19 season.

Manchester United is not the only club where the Portuguese coach has failed to build relationships with his players.

"I hope to be a better player and a better man, to grow up and win", he added.

Mourinho was not in a good mood after his undermanned United side were beaten 4-1 by Premier League rivals Liverpool at the International Champions Cup on Saturday.




-United manager Jose Mourinho has of course done a ton of complaining this summer, even by his standards, and there has certainly been plenty of material readily available to grind his gears.

The Reds have two more games before opening their Premier League campaign against Leicester City.

Mourinho wants Woodward to sign him a new centre-back - likely Harry Maguire or Toby Alderweireld - and a forward.

Matic is the vital shield that protects Manchester United's defence and, last season, he made more interceptions (64), more tackles (42) and more recoveries (317) than any other United player- his 3,119 minutes played was also the most out of any of United's outfield players.

Mourinho said: "He came from [the] World Cup with an injury, and the time he had to rest in the holiday was not enough to resolve the problem". We start the game with nearly half of the players [who] aren't going to belong to our squad. He went to see a top world specialist in relation to these kinds of injuries, and he didn't leave the clinic.

United's hierarchy are sympathetic to the manager's unease and there remains optimism that Mourinho could still make a fourth signing, at least.

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