Man United preseason: Fred shows promise but Jose Mourinho has creativity woe

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Javi Martinez's second-half header earned Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at the Allianz Arena on Sunday (Aug 5) in a final pre-season test for both sides ahead of the new campaign.

United have reportedly held talks over Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina in recent weeks but Boateng has also been touted as a prime target by the media and it seems the Manchester giants have been given the chance to sign the 2014 World Cup victor. There is no reason why they shouldn't prove themselves to be one of the best midfields in the Premier League. United should ideally persist with Martial and try to transform into a more focused individual than spend on someone who can, at best, give them 2 good seasons.

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It hasn't been the greatest of summers for Manchester United. He has spent preseason learning to play as a No.6 - helped by new coach Michael Carrick - and with Nemanja Matic sidelined with an abdominal injury there should be a chance for him to start the season as first-choice.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. With the situation surrounding Anthony Martial's future at the club looking quite perilous, it could be an extremely busy week for Woodward and United on the transfer front.

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However, Rummenigge insists Bayern already have sufficient depth in the final third and don't need to add Martial to their ranks.

Who Mourinho deploys on the right of attack might well decide just how close they go to overhauling City this season. He always wanted it. The young Reds went closest to securing a victor in the first half through Joshua Bohui, who travelled with the first team on our United States tour, but came under pressure during the second period as the Toffees grew in confidence.

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Yet, with the early closure of the transfer window looming on Thursday, any talks about a potential move have yet to proceed in earnest and Martial is facing the prospect of remaining under Mourinho's management until the January transfer window at least.

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