"But I am happy with the performance of my team, it's encouraging for the future".
Puel was not exactly watching through his fingers but when asked if he expected other clubs to want to sign Maguire on the back of his displays this summer, the Frenchman admitted he was not surprised.
Oh dear Jose, at least you can get your smile back tomorrow against Leicester. He came back with humility and with desire and will. Harry is a fantastic man.
Puel: I am happy to keep Harry [Maguire] and all our best players. Coming from Man City to Leicester and playing against Man United I think the City fans are going to support us in that game.
"The World Cup helped [He played in all three of Nigeria's games in Russian Federation, starting twice] - we didn't get to go through but it was a good experience and good fitness".
Jose Mourinho, the United manager, had been desperate to sign a centre-half this summer but a deal for a number of targets failed to materialise.
"Maybe [it's] three matches because, after Spurs, there is [an] worldwide break".
"We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities".
The Red Devils have an extensive injury list including midfielders, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera as well as captain Antonio Valencia.
Leicester, spurred on by their promising new prospect James Maddison, grew into the game after the early setback but, in the end, their inability to convert their chances cost them.
Asked to confirm that he is expecting no movement at all on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no".