Jose Mourinho has denied that for Manchester United to attract world-class players to the club they need to be in the Champions League.

Reports have suggested Antoine Griezmann would turn United down with having the chance to play in Europe’s premier club competition

The Red devils have failed to qualify for the elite European club competition in two of their last three seasons and are sitting fourth place in the Premier League.

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Mourinho – said the acquisitions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan prove that Old Trafford maintains a strong pull for players.l

“Manchester United is very powerful, it doesn’t need to be in the Champions League to attract the best players,” Mourinho told BBC Sport ahead of the 1-0 victory over Rostov at Old Trafford.

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“Zlatan could still be in Paris. Mkhitaryan could be at Borussia Dortmund. Pogba could be at Juventus. We were able to attract the players because they know that Manchester United sooner or later will get there.

“If any player decides not to come because of that, then I am happy that they are not coming.”

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