United ‘not a team’ says Mourinho after another pre-season disappointment

first_imgIt was the second straight disappointing result for United on tour, following Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Mexico’s Club America in Arizona.The stands at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara were empty, as they were against Club America, with the majority of United’s big names still on holiday following World Cup duty.Key players such as Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard are all doubts for the Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10 after they reached the final weekend of the tournament in Russia, thus requiring extra time off.After the drab 0-0 against San Jose, Mourinho was quick to give his thoughts on why the team’s performances had been so poor in the States. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 4 A sparse crowd turned out to watch the game, with some tickets costing as much as £170 While the player claimed he would be fit in time to face AC Milan at Los Angeles’ StubHub Center on Thursday, Mourinho was less certain.The Portuguese told reporters: “He’s injured. We need to get used to it. Last season he was already in this kind of situation and probably this season we’re going to have more than that.”New signing Diogo Dalot will likely fill Valencia’s shoes should the Ecuadorean be sidelined for any of United’s remaining three matches in the States.Matteo Darmian, who came on for the captain against San Jose, looks set for return to Italy with Inter Milan and Juventus both interested. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Mourinho watched on as United were uninspiring once again 4 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener predicted highlights He 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.”Alexis Sanchez provided a boost with his return to action after missing the first week of the tour as he was denied entry to the US due to visa issues, but United were rocked by an injury scare for new captain Antonio Valencia.The right-back, who took over the armband after Michael Carrick’s retirement at the end of last season, hobbled off after just seven minutes of the friendly. The return of Alexis Sanchez to the starting lineup was not enough to galvanise United against San Jose How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? impact 4 possible xi How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 4 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Jose Mourinho has claimed his Manchester United side are ‘not a team’ after another disappointing draw on their pre-season US tour.A disjointed team, missing several World Cup stars, stuttered to a 0-0 stalemate against MLS side San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday and Mourinho did not hold back in his assessment of the performance. smart causal Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade who plays? New captain Antonio Valencia led his side out against San Jose but quickly returned down the tunnel after picking up an injury just seven minutes in ALTERED possible standings gameday last_img read more