In his defence, Mourinho is short on numbers given the number of internationals in the squad who featured in the World Cup and were granted additional time off to recover. The point which should be noted here is that the encounter between Liverpool and Manchester United was a high-profile match with various star players featuring in.
Mourinho is still without a number of players, who reached the latter stages in Russian Federation, and made clear his preference that they cut their breaks early to aid preparations for the season opener against Leicester on August 10. Neither are likely to start against Madrid, with another friendly to come next week back in Europe against Bayern Munich. The German worldwide had expressed his interest in leaving the club on numerous occasions over the course of the summer. I don’t see the need.
Ivory Coast worldwide Bailly, who was Mourinho’s first signing upon his arrival at United, was not included in the initial matchday squad due to a suspected ankle knock. Ironically one of those targets is Leicester’s England center-back Harry Maguire, though the 2016 champions’ wealthy Thai owners feel they do not have to sell, particularly having accrued a club record 60 million pound sterlings ($79 million) for the sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City.
“He wants even his players who have personal commitments to be here”.
Following Manchester United’s 4-1 loss to Liverpool on Saturday, Mourinho stated he wouldn’t pay to see the club play this preseason. What about Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia?
It has been a frustrating summer transfer window for Mourinho with only three new players – Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant – arriving at Old Trafford.
Liverpool substitute Daniel Sturridge continued his impressive pre-season form when he scored with his first touch after 66 minutes before Sheyi Ojo added his side’s second spot-kick of the game six minutes later.
The manager is growing increasingly annoyed with a variety of elements and verbalising it in interviews.
Many supporters will question whether Mourinho should be expressing so much displeasure with the club. “He’s come in even after the Liverpool [defeat] and spoken very highly of what we’ve have given as a team and as a unit”.
Mourinho’s comments were in complete contrast to those uttered by Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp about their own young players.