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Anthony Martial has explained he will be back in Manchester on Thursday and makes no apology for putting his family first. "For the mother it was more hard but thank god she is better now", he said on Twitter.

The treatment of the Frenchman is in stark contrast to Liverpool's German boss Jurgen Klopp publically supported his squad member Nathaniel Clyne, who left the club's own USA tour to prepare for fatherhood. "I can't see him being here too long if this is what it's like", a journalist said after Manchester United had been beaten 1-0 in Rotterdam.

After United ended their USA tour with a 2-1 win in Miami over reigning European champions Real Madrid, Mourinho was asked if Martial would be leaving.

It has been noticeable though, that City are taking more of a hardline stance on player values and wages these days, which has cost them the likes of Alexis Sanchez but has yet to have any tangible impact on the club's success, as last season proved.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho made a veiled dig at Anthony Martial over his absence from their USA tour.

Precise cross-field passing, a license to cut into opposition defence and the opportunity to marshal the midfield - in an attacking sense - allowed Pogba to emerge into the limelight and leave many wondering why Mourinho had the former Juventus man on shackles.

"We did Lee Grant because we have a fantastic young goalkeeper who needs to play football".

ZINEDINE ZIDANE will be top of Manchester United's wish list if Jose Mourinho departs.

Mourinho's midfield dynamic did not seem completely balance last season and adding a player of Kovacic's quality would be a positive - but it appears the Red Devils will need to look for other targets.

José Mourinho was reportedly angry about his apparently lack of commitment to pre-season and it was reported this morning that Manchester United are fining the player £180,000 for his supposed truancy. "We have to be this angry, aggressive, greedy team full of desire that wants to win each game".

Arsenal, preparing for a season under a new manager for the first time for more than two decades, have signed a clutch of players including Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner but Unai Emery has not yet landed a marquee name.