Jose Mourinho has slammed his player’s following United’s dismal 0-0 pre-season draw with San Jose Earthquakes in the second game of their US tour.
A United team still missing the majority of it’s World Cup stars laboured through the contest against the MLS outfit on Sunday, whilst struggling to create clear-cut opportunities throughout the game.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 22, 2018
This result followed a 1-1 draw with Club America last Thursday in Arizona and was the second straight game The Red Devil’s had been resigned to playing in a near-empty stadium – failing to draw a crowd because of the lack of big names on show.
According to Talk Sport, Mourinho was scathing in his assessment of his side, stating they are ‘not a team’.
The Portuguese boss said; “We are not a team. We’re a group of players from different teams.”
“Some are first-team, some under-23s, some coming from loan and going on loan, some are younger, under-18s. We don’t have a team to play much better than we did but it (the game) is one more training session.”
Several key members of the squad have been given extra time off following their exploits in Russia this summer, including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku.
All are doubts for Manchester United’s opening Premier League fixture against Leicester City on August 10th, meaning the players on show in the states are effectively playing for the opportunity to be included in that game.
There was some good news for the manager and supporters following the weekends game, however, as Alexis Sanchez returned to action after being forced to miss the first week of the tour due to VISA problems – also reported by Talk Sport.