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Manchester United have €103 million bid rejected for Kalidou Koulibaly

05 December 2018

Jose Mourinho has admitted Manchester United's ambitions have changed after their hard start to the Premier League season.

United do have several injury concerns heading into the Arsenal game, with Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling battling knocks.

United managed a 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday evening, but their overall performance was hugely disappointing, and they found themselves 2-0 down after a terrible start. "I think we need a good run of results and we don't need to waste points where we shouldn't be wasting them".

"I don't know if I say [miracle] or if I didn't but if I used that word it is not what I feel at all", he said ahead of Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Mourinho said he would have to hold off naming his side to face Arsenal until two or three hours before kick-off, as he did against Southampton, in a bid to give as many players as possible a chance to prove their fitness.

"All of the teams they got better", Mourinho told a news conference on Tuesday.

In comparison, Liverpool spent £167m, Chelsea £128m, Arsenal £68m and Manchester City £63m while Tottenham did not sign a single new player. "A football player is paid - and very well paid - to be a football professional. You have to analyse a player by 'is he performing, yes or no?' You shouldn't go in that direction because you are calling the players dishonest". Recent reports suggest Jose Mourinho even called him a "virus" after the 2-2 draw with Southampton at the weekend, widening the apparent chasm developing between the star player and egotistical manager.

Mourinho's supposed comments came after the Portuguese said the way United players are now performing is all down to their character, not his tactics. According to the Times the Frenchman calmly stated his case saying that he has no one to pass to because the system doesn't allow players to move freely. "I don't believe in that".

Manchester United have €103 million bid rejected for Kalidou Koulibaly