Jose Mourinho has confirmed that three players have agreed to cut their post World Cup holidays short in a bid to boost Manchester United’s squad for their Premier League opener.
Mourinho has spent the vast majority of the clubs pre-season tour of the USA whinging about a lack of players at his disposal, with the fear being that Manchester United could be without seven first team players for the first game of the season.
Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard all made it to the final weekend of the World Cup with France, Belgium and England respectively, meaning that their post World Cup holidays would see them miss the start of the season.
Mourinho has publicly asked his players to sacrifice themselves for the good of team, and it seems as though three of them have listened, with the United boss confirming that Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku will rejoin the squad this week:
“In a few days we go to Munich and in 11 days we start the Premier League and these are the players that we have, plus (Victor) Lindelof, that started training two days ago,” Mourinho said after United beat Real Madrid in Miami.
“Plus Marcus Rashford, (Phil) Jones and (Romelu) Lukaku because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holiday so they’re coming back three days early to try and be available for the team.”
Manchester United’s sixth and final pre-season fixture is against Bayern Munich on August 5, before they kick off the new EPL season five days later against Leicester City.