Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United may miss out on transfer targets

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial

Meanwhile, previously had reported that Chelsea and Bayern Munich are plotting summer move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial despite not playing at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

While Martial has been linked with Tottenham, United want to keep hold of the 22-year-old for another year and see if he can re-ignite his career at Old Trafford.

Manchester United drew 0-0 with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer on Sunday and it's safe to say Jose Mourinho didn't seem impressed.

Mourinho is understood to be willing to let Martial leave but United are reluctant to lose money on the France global and retain the option of triggering a year-long extension clause in his contract, thereby tying him down until 2020.

With many of his best players missing the trip after World Cup commitments, the Portuguese appeared content that the squad - this time with Alexis Sanchez included - were able to get some practice in, if nothing else.

According to a UK Sun report, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is unwilling to offload the French forward, despite not playing him during the second half of last campaign. How many of these players are going to play the majority of the games in the Premier League? "I did some pre-season with some players, but to have 10 players away is very unusual so the motivation is to try to train the best we can, to give the players minutes, to give young players an opportunity to develop and that's it".

"We knew from the physical point of view he would be okay".

"To play against Manchester United is about staying compact and organized. We're a group of players from different teams", said Mourinho, whose players are now looking toward three International Champions Cup friendly tournament matches against AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid. "You pick it up straight away and it is very easy to learn from him".

But again, the manager remained sanguine: "He's injured and I think we need to get used to it", he said.

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