Jose Mourinho told 29-year-old would bring leadership to Man United

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke

Boateng has been one of the best centre-backs in Europe since joining Bayern Munich from Manchester City in 2011 and he's won 6 Bundesliga titles, 4 domestic cups and the Champions League during his time at the Allianz Arena while he also helped lead Germany to the 2014 World Cup.

Manchester United have been left frustrated in their pursuit of a new centre-half after being linked with a move to sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire, Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld and FC Barcelona's Colombian Yerry Mina.

United open the Premier League season against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday and Mourinho's squad is also depleted by injuries and the tight turnaround from the World Cup.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed". Ivan Perisic, the Croatia global, also featured prominently on Mourinho's wish list but it now seems that United's summer transfer business will be restricted to the arrivals of Fred, the injured Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.

But Mourinho rounded on unfavourable comparisons between his side and Liverpool and Spurs, who also finished the season trophyless and below United in the table last season.

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He said: "They have brought in a £60million goalkeeper (Alisson), I think Naby Keïta will make a great impact, we know of Xherdan Shaqiri's quality, and they have added Fabinho to the mix as well". 'When I listen, when I read, it's hard to believe we finished second because you are capable of making people who finish second (sound like we) were relegated.

"It is hard for me to understand we finished second". Sometimes its also hard to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position a year ago was one of my biggest achievements in England'.

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were among the last players to return to training and the Portuguese boss will be desperate for them to reach full fitness again.

"I'm a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season. It's time just to say "tomorrow we have a Premier League match" and we have to play to win it".

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