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Mourinho: England have reason to be optimistic

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Cary Erickson | 14 July, 2018, 13:04

Manchester United have been tipped to bid for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire ahead of the Premier League season following his heroics for England at the World Cup, taking a starring role as the Three Lions defied expectation to reach the semi finals.

Two defensive targets are said to be Tottenham Hotspurs' Toby Alderweireld and Bianconeri left-back Alex Sandro, with Mourinho reportedly wanting to strengthen his backline.

The Portuguese manager may yet have a World Cup victor in his squad should France and Paul Pogba win the final against Croatia where they're largely expected to be favourites. "It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level". A move for Perisic would likely push him further down the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams.

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Mourinho accepts the defeat will be a bitter pill for England - who led through Kieran Trippier's free-kick before Ivan Perisic equalised - to swallow but believes they can take comfort from their campaign.

Gareth Southgate's men had a series of risky free-kicks late on which were taken by a player Mourinho manages at Manchester United, Marcus Rashford, although they all came to nothing.

New signing Diogo Dalot was also at Carrington on Wednesday, along with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Andreas Pereira, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Joel Pereira. Veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant, who is expected to provide cover for David De Gea and Sergio Romero, became their third signing earlier this month.