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Manchester United discussed a £100m bid for Raphael Varane late on in the transfer window, but ultimately failed to bring in a new defender for Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United's transfer window closed with a whimper today.

It means they go into their first Premier League game of the season against Leicester City at Old Trafford tonight without signing the centre-back Mourinho (right) asked for during pre-season.

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad".

The future of Manchester United and French global midfielder Paul Pogba at Old Trafford remains a mystery as the transfer window slowly begins to close as conflicting reports continue to surface.

The Red Devils and the Foxes have had just 24 meetings between them.

A new season begins tomorrow with Manchester United looking to catch up to neighbours City.

Leicester manager Claude Puel must similarly decide whether to include Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire.

Mourinho wanted a third choice home-grown eligible goalkeeper and Lee Grant was signed.

Despite reports of late moves for Diego Godín and Jérôme Boateng, Jose Mourinho did not get his much-coveted centre-back and will instead have to do make with the same familiar faces as last season. Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard return to training after extended leaves on Monday, which means that they are likely to be unfit for the match.

Speaking at Carrington, Mourinho said: "If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, ten minutes half an hour..."

"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners".

"The players with a proper pre-season are fit and they are strong".

There was no question of Pogba being allowed to leave and there remains great support for Anthony Martial at the club, with every inquiry about him over the summer being met with a firm refusal.

"Because you're not telling me Man United couldn't go out there and spend money on players". "I like to work with my players".

"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".

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