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Not Ethical: Mourinho Draws First Shot at Wenger and Klopp

MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho has branded rivals Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp “not ethical” for criticising his £100m pursuit of Paul Pogba....

MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho has branded rivals Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp “not ethical” for criticising his £100m pursuit of Paul Pogba. 

The Manchester United chief wasted no time in launching a season opening skirmish with the Arsenal and Liverpool chiefs. 

Mourinho hit out yesterday after Wenger claimed it was “completely crazy” to spend a world record fee on the Juventus star. 

And Klopp said of the proposed deal that “the day this is football, I’m not in a job anymore.” 

Mourinho expects the transfer of Pogba to complete his squad next week before their English Premier League opener. 
Manchester United Boss, Jose Mourinho 

The Portuguese, who leads his side in the Charity Shield against Leicester tomorrow, is fuming that two top rivals have commented on his club’s business.

He said: “I only speak about us. I heard already two of my colleagues from other clubs speaking about us. I do not like that. It is not ethical.

“There are things that when I do are not ethical and when others do it everything is normal, nobody says that. I do not speak about the others. They can do what they want. 

"Our market was good. We made decisions, decide to bring four players not 10, that are Manchester United level. Four that we think can really improve the squad and not just be one more. This is the profile of our market.

Asked if fans could expect Pogba to arrive in the coming days Mourinho said: “I am very pragmatic on this. All that matters is what happens in my house and not in my neighbours’ house. Paul Pogba is a Juve player until he isn’t, officially, so we stay like this.

“We have 22 and we are going to have 23. You are right, I don’t like to speak about other clubs or players from other clubs. Other managers like to do that, they like to speak about my club and my players.”

Mourinho has confirmed that German international Bastian Schweinsteiger has no future at Old Trafford.

He added: “It is the same as in every club in the world. The manager decides his squad and chooses a certain number of players to face the season. That is it.

“I normally like to work with 20 players plus the three goalkeepers, which is what I have done for 15 years, because we have so many players but at the same time we have so many competitions and especially the Europa League.

“That is a competition that changes a lot at the start of the season, with 15 matches and playing on Thursday, a big risk of a lot of travel. You play Premier League on Sundays.

“I made the decision to be with 23 plus three goalkeepers, which is still a lot. I had to make my decisions. It is simple.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s players were all smiles as they trained ahead of the Community Shield yesterday. Mourinho’s men take on Leicester at Wembley tomorrow in the traditional season curtain-raiser.

United drew 0-0 with Everton in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial in midweek but preparations for the new campaign are due to step up against the Premier League champions.

Mourinho watched on at United’s Aon Training Complex yesterday as his players completed a light session. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again the star attraction, alongside skipper Rooney, after his testimonial.

The pair joined forces for a spot of head tennis, alongside Luke Shaw, as they took on Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan , who played the second-half against Everton, also completed the session. He is expected to start at Wembley, alongside his fellow new recruits.

Ibrahimovic has reportedly been named as the secondary vice-captain of Manchester United for the coming season. The 34-year-old is believed to be set to take the armband when skipper Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are not on the pitch. — The Mirror.

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