Mourinho praises ‘brilliant’ youngsters after Bayern Munich defeat

Jose Mourinho has praised his young Manchester United side, despite them being totally dominated by Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly.

It has been a frustrating summer for the Manchester United boss, winning just one of their six pre-season games, only bringing in one major signing, and having being missing a number of first-team players for their pre-season preparations.

With United set to kick-off the Premier League campaign on Friday against Leicester City, Jose Mourinho has said the young players he played in their final warm up game in Bavaria were ‘brilliant’:

“Finally, it’s over,” Mourinho told MUTV. “Finally, such a difficult pre-season is over.

“The players were, once again, brilliant. They could not have done better than they did. It was a fantastic experience for the boys.

“There was a moment where I was looking into the area and there was Axel at centre-back to the left, Demetri at left-wing-back, Garner in midfield on the left and Chong.

“At the same time is was [Robert] Lewandowski on Axel, [Arjen] Robben on Mitchell, [Leon] Goretzka on Garner and [Niklas] Sule on Chong.

“It was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.

“We were playing against their best team. It was their complete squad apart from [Corentin] Tolisso.”

United are set to start the season without record signing Paul Pogba, who ignored a plea from Mourinho to return from his post World Cup holiday early. Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard have returned to Manchester, but with no minutes under their belt in pre-season, they seem unlikely to start on Friday.

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