Jose Mourinho has predicted that his side could get absolutely battered during their pre-season tour of America.
Manchester United jetted out to Los Angeles on Sunday as they ramp up their preparations for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, but did so without 15 first team players due to their involvement in the World Cup, injuries, and Alexis Sanchez’s visa problem.
The Red Devil’s got their preseason tour underway in Phoenix on Thursday night, playing out a 1-1 draw against Mexican side Club America. They come up against MLS side San Jose on Sunday, before playing AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup, but his lack of first team players has left Jose Mourinho fearing an absolute hammering:
“They (Club America) are at the end of their pre-season, San Jose are in the middle of their season, and AC Milan come with all their players because Italy didn’t go to the World Cup,” said the United manager.
“Then Liverpool, I think everybody is here apart from the English ones – (Jordan) Henderson and (Trent Alexander) Arnold. Maybe not them, but everybody else is.
“With Real Madrid, Spain were knocked out at a very early stage, so everybody is here too. (Gareth) Bale and (Karim) Benzema didn’t go to the World Cup, so we are going to face teams with obviously different potential than us. I’m not worried about that – I’m not worried if we lose, even if we lose to some not beautiful numbers.”
Alexis Sanchez’s visa issues have now been resolved, and the likes of David de Gea, Nemanja Matic and new signing Fred are expected to join up with the squad soon, but Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are all expected to miss the start of the season after their run to the last week of the World Cup.