Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants improvement from Manchester United this season

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12 August, 2017

"So, really, that stuff doesn't interest me very much". The suspended Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are among the absentees for United.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed the club would "never" sell Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the Portuguese forward suggesting he would like a move back to the Premier League last week, the independent reported.

Ramos said both Mourinho and current boss Zinedine Zidane were "great coaches".

As is always the case, the performance from United in various phases of that game raised a few important questions and offered some clues-if you like-ahead of the new season which starts Sunday at Old Trafford against a West Ham United side spearheaded by an all too familiar face. "Then, when you're in the Champions League last-16 draw, anything can happen".

Asked if it would be insane to think that the Welshman would not be in the Spanish capital come September 1, the Real coach said: "Well, Bale is a Real Madrid player". There is a difference of quality.

During the summer tour of the United States, Mourinho was clear his side were not in the class of Spanish giants Real and Barcelona, after losing to the latter and managing only a penalty shoot-out win against the former in friendlies.

"This is a huge game".

"We gave them a fight but have reasons to leave optimistic and proud".

Mourinho also said United do not need to play in the Champions League to be considered "a giant", but thinks the journey back to the knockout stages of the tournament - something they have not done since reaching the quarterfinals in 2014 - has been made tougher by the emergence of newly rich teams like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Mourinho named a near-full strength team but saw his team beaten 2-1.

"This is the best team in the world".

"Each coach tries to make the most doing it their way". We're building a winning group and we're showing that'.

The heat could be a key factor with extremely high temperatures forecast for much of the week in this part of south-eastern Europe.

"Only the great players bring in great fees".


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