Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is concerned by his sides start to the season due to his players involvement in the World Cup.
England, France, Belgium and Croatia made it all the way to the final week of the tournament in Russia, with Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku all involved and having only just embarked on their summer holidays – something which is a worry to Jose Mourinho:
“I’m worried because I’m not training and then I go to the Premier League without lots of players, but it is what it is and we have to try and make the best out of it with the players we have here,” he told a news conference at UCLA.
“I’m not worried about playing Liverpool here or Real Madrid or Milan [in preseason], I’m not worried if we lose badly.
“The preseason is very bad, the positive thing of the preseason is only for the young boys that have fantastic opportunity to train with us.”
David De Gea, Nemanja Matic and new signing Fred are set to join the squad next week, but Mourinho is still without Alexis Sanchez, who is training alone back in Manchester after being blocked from entering the U.S. because of visa issues.
Mourinho said that United are working to fix the problem but admitted he isn’t sure when, or indeed if, the Chilean will arrive:
“It’s really bad,” he said. “Really sad. It is not good for him, for me, for the team but there is no one to blame.
“The club is making the effort, I have to respect the U.S. authorities in their process of visas but hopefully he joins us later because could be important to work with [Anthony] Martial and [Juan] Mata, which is the players we have in attack for start of the season.
“No Lukaku, [Jesse] Lingard, no [Marcus] Rashford, so it will be very bad.”