Mourinho expects Pogba, Rashford to stay at Manchester United next season

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Contact is said to have taken place between Dortmund and Martial's entourage, with talks now ongoing without an actual offer being made to Manchester United.

The former England midfielder, 36, who joined United from Tottenham in 2006, will take on a role among Mourinho's back-room staff this summer but admitted his ultimate aim is to become a manager in the future. I can assure you that the club does not want to sell him and I can give you the guarantee that we do not have any approach from him, from his agent or any club. I know them better than anyone.

"That's his job now to bridge that gap by using his expertise, whichever players he thinks can do that and he also touched on that bringing player after player in and shipping player after player out - that doesn't work". That's the way I see things and, next year again, he will be an important member of our squad.

"I think he's better now than he was two years ago", Mourinho added. "Some of the players I am totally convinced are going to make it, some others I have good hopes that they are going to make it, and some others I don't believe they are going to make it", he said.

"When you lose against the small teams and you win against the big teams it's not right", he said.

It was only a matter of time before Borussia Dortmund, a team known to give young players a chance and developing them into excellent footballers, were linked with Anthony Martial.

They will play in the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 19th May.

Still, he's by no means the biggest of United's issues, and it seems as though Mourinho wants to keep him around. In this moment for me, he's staying, yes'.

The United manager did not refer to City directly, but did discuss the advantages of a "perfect squad" where a manager can buy one goalkeeper, then drop him and buy another, as Guardiola has done with Claudio Bravo and Ederson.

"When I say love, I say it footballistically - players you do not totally believe have the degree of the group but you must keep".

Unless you can do that, and you go in the direction of the ideal squad, you have to keep players you don't love.