If he remains at Old Trafford beyond the 31 August European transfer deadline how do the club, and Mourinho, manage the World Cup-winning star?
Jose Mourinho has branded the media "liars" while attempting to quash rumours surrounding his unhappiness at Manchester United ahead of his side's season opener with Leicester City on Friday evening, claiming he is "going to enjoy this season again".
Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports News (09/08/2018, 15:30) that he would buy Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele to replace Paul Pogba at Manchester United. It's Anthony Martial's turn to be publically criticised as he chose to spend time with his family after the birth of his child rather than return to America. He's in the group of players who didn't have a pre season, it's as simple as that. "There is not a story".
However, Harry Maguire, linked with a move to United before the transfer window closed on Thursday, starts in defence for the visitors.
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The other occasion was last season, when Leicester lost 4-3 at Arsenal. "That's just not like this football club". Only against Norwich (5) has the Spaniard scored more Premier League goals than he has versus Leicester (4).
Now it looks like no new arrivals will be heading to Old Trafford in this window.unless Mourinho has something up his sleeve.
"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie".
"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second because you [the media] are capable of making people who finished second look like they were relegated and capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners".
Their best chance for a stretch came when skipper Pogba threaded through Sanchez, whose laid off for Juan Mata to get away a shot that was deflected just wide. He said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".
Despite fans celebrating the club's best EPL finish in five years last season - finishing runners up to neighbours Man City - Scholes said that it meant nothing to him.