Jose Mourinho, coach of Manchester United, has dispelled report of disunity among the club’s players.
The club will kick off the new English Premier League season against Leicester City on Friday.
A report had said that 2018 World Cup winner, Paul Pogba, who has a strained relationship with Mourinho, is unhappy that his move to Barcelona fell through.
Moreso, Anthony Martial, who has endured unwelcoming disposition from the Portuguese, returned to the club last week after failing to return to the team’s pre-season camp in the U.S, eight days after the birth of his child in France.
The 55-year-old, who had his proposition to swap Martial, 22, for Chelsea’s Willian, blocked by Manchester United’s hierarchy, said he “likes” all the players at the club.
“I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with them. While I repeat it one thousand times, the perception of the people about what’s happening in the team is a lie,”Mourinho said.
“So when you repeat it one thousand times that my relationship with my players is not good, that’s a lie. I repeat it a thousand times, the perception of the people is a lie.
“I like my players, I like the group. I enjoyed the fight last season. I will try to get the best position for the club, I will enjoy the season. I know the words you want me to say, but words for me don’t come easy.”
Despite expectations, the club finished second and nineteen points behind city rivals and eventual champions, Manchester City.
Mourinho has lamented lack of signings at the club this season, though Fred and Diogo Dalot joined earlier. The club failed to buy a central defender, despite being linked to three potential signings before the English transfer window closed 5pm on Thursday.