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Anthony Martial has been allowed to leave Manchester United's pre-season tour of the U.S. so he can attend the birth of his second child.

If United miss out on Maguire, they could turn to Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld or Leonardo Bonucci of AC Milan, who was due to face Mourinho's team in Los Angeles in the early hours of this morning.

Pogba shone brightly throughout the tournament in Russian Federation as France went all the way, which left many United fans wondering why he has been so underwhelming since his return to Old Trafford.

Despite winning the Europa League and League Cup last year, Mourinho's side have underperformed in the Premier League, coming no closer to ending their five-year title drought with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal axed since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Antonio Valencia was also forced to fly back from the tour with a torn calf.

But Smalling is confident of improving on last season's second place to champions Manchester City.

Asked if he was happy at how United's pre-season had worked out, Mourinho added: "No".

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While Mourinho was subject to severe criticism after splashing £147m (R2.5b) on new arrivals but ending the season trophyless with a rigid style of football.

Despite playing a role in the pre-season friendlies against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, Martial is still considered to be down the pecking order behind his fellow forwards. Nemanja Matic is struggling for match fitness, too, after joining the squad late because of his own post-World Cup break.

It's unlikely that Martial will fly back to the United States for the remainder of the tour and this is being viewed as a way to manoeuvre a summer exit. "Another thing is what is going to happen", Mourinho said in an interview with ESPN.

And, after being labelled as a No.6 by the United manager, the Belgian-born playmaker insists there is no one better to learn from.

Jose Mourinho's search for a solution to Manchester United's centre-back problems has reportedly led him to believe Harry Maguire could be the answer.

"I think the World Cup is the ideal habitat for a player like him to give (their) best".

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