VALENCIA OWNER JETS IN
Spanish side Valencia seem desperate to sign Andreas Pereira and are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to sign the youngster. While there is absolutely no chance that United will sell the Brazilian, a season-long loan move is in the pipeline. United remain reluctant to let their youngster leave but will let him walk should Valencia promise to give Pereira ample game time. Mourinho has promised Pereira more game time this season but has failed to select him a single matchday squad this season. The Spanish side are stepping up efforts and club owner has arrived in Manchester to negotiate a deal.
SMALLING TO LEAVE?
While Chris Smalling was one of the first players expected to leave this summer with Arsenal and Spurs among the possible destinations. Former Champions Leicester are a surprise club interested in the England International. Leicester are looking at a move around deadline day for Smalling but Mourinho is expected to block the transfer given Rojo’s injury and Lindelof’s settling period.
ON ANOTHER LEVEL
United continued their stunning start to their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over Leicester. Mourinho’s side created a host of chances but stubborn resistance from the Blues saw United have to wait until the 72nd minute to find the breakthrough. Mourinho praised United’s performance and said: “I think we played very well. There is a difference in the quality of our football. We have played better. The team is playing very well, very confident, great football. I like my team very much. If I have to choose a word to describe my team, I would have to say “solid”.”
MKHITARYAN BREAKS 23-YEAR-OLD RECORD
Henrikh Mkhitaryan continued his impressive start to the campaign and managed to provide and assist despite being hustled and harried by the Leicester defence from the off. His assist for Rashford’s opener takes him up to 5 for the season and equalled Ruel Fox’s tally of 5 after three games back in the 1993-94 season.
Jose Mourinho’s starting lineup against Leicester cost a combined £401m and is the first lineup in the Premier League to cost over £400m in the League and breaks the record for the costliest lineup beating Manchester City’s lineup against Bournemouth a few hours prior. The price would gone up further had Mourinho player Lindelof ahead of Jones.
DIFFERENT FROM LAST SEASON
Last night’s game was eerily similar to the number of games United player at home last season that ended in draws. United had a host of chances but failed to take them and even missed a penalty shortly into the second half. But United found a way through and extended their lead at the top of the table. Pogba who noticed this similarity said that United would have failed to break Leicester’s defence last season and dropped points and revealed that his side are in for the long haul. Pogba also said that it was just three wins and there is a long way to go for the final kick of the season.