Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho stands by his decision to cut Bastian Schweinsteiger from his squad, and says he will sign a “very good midfielder”.
Former Germany captain Schweinsteiger, 32, has been training alone,prompting a players’ union member to say Mourinho should be jailed for “bullying”.
“I had to make my decisions. Simple. It happens at every club on the world,” said former Chelsea boss Mourinho.
United have been linked with a £100m-plus move for Juventus’ Paul Pogba.
While reluctant to mention the 23-year-old France international by name, Mourinho added a big signing should be completed in a matter of days.
“We have 22 players now,” he said. “We will have 23.
“He is a Juve player until officially he isn’t. The market closes on 31 August. We are trying to everything to close market as quickly as possible, before 14 August.”
Mourinho also criticised those who have questioned the reported world-record fee United are prepared to pay for a player who left the club for £1.5m in 2012.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the valuation was “completely crazy”while Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp said he would not spend that much on a single player even if his funds were unlimited.
“I heard already two of my colleagues from other clubs speaking about us,” said Mourinho.
“I do not like that. It is not ethical. They are things that when I do are not ethical. When others do it, everything is normal.”
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