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It has taken new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho very little time to change the dynamic of the squad that he inherited from Dutchman Louis van Gaal. 

The former Chelsea boss has already secured the services of Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while it's expected that the club will announce a deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan shortly. 

But what next for the Special One? Well, in his press conference today, Mourinho indicated that he had three of the four players that he's hoping to recruit during this transfer window. 

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The aforementioned trio will no doubt prove fine coups for the Portuguese boss, but his fourth signing could top the lot.

One player has been linked with a move to the club more often than not recently and that is France international Paul Pogba.

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Midfield options 

Pogba, 23, departed Old Trafford in favour of a free transfer to Juventus back in 2012, but there appears to be a realistic chance that he could return to the club in a mega deal. Ultimately, though, Mourinho and co. will be well aware that landing Pogba will not be easy. 

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Unsurprisingly, then, United are being linked with what appears to be an alternative option. That's right it has been suggested that United hold an interest in Pogba's compatriot, Blaise Matuidi. 

Matuidi, 29, is currently starring for Ligue 1 outfit PSG and is comfortably recognised as one of the leading midfielders in Europe. 

It's fair to say that United fans would be happy with his arrival. Here are the best tweets: 

Mourinho era to begin

What will Mourinho's first couple of months look like at Old Trafford? Well, the players that didn't take part in a major tournament this summer are set to return for pre-season training on Wednesday.

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That will include the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Phil Jones, who will all be desperate to impress the Special One.

Mourinho's first game in charge of the Red Devils will come in just 17 days time against German outfit Borussia Dortmund in China. It's fair to say that his second game at the helm - a showdown with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City - will take centre stage on July 25, while his side will come up against Turkish outfit Galatasaray on July 30.

United will take on Everton at Old Trafford on August 3 for Wayne Rooney's testimonial, before battling Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 7.

Mourinho's first Premier League game for United will come at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth on August 13.

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