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.
“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.