Jose Mourinho worried by Manchester United's 'very bad' pre-season

Juan Mata has been recruited to model the 2018/19 home shirt

The 29-year-old was denied entry into the United States after being refused a visa in relation to a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud dating from his time in Spain.

The Edinburgh-born midfielder was part of the Red Devils travelling party that jetted across the Atlantic and could feature in games against Champions League winners Real Madrid, Liverpool, AC Milan, San Jose Earthquakes and Club America.

Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez also failed to make the trip after a visa issue, leaving Mourinho anxious about starting the league with fewer senior players. I felt really strong and good and obviously it was unfortunate with the injury.

"I'm not anxious about playing against Liverpool or Real or AC Milan [in the International Champions Cup], but I am anxious because I am not training with all my players". But hopefully he joins us later because it could be important to work with Martial, Alexis and Mata - the players we have in attack for start of the season. The club also have an option for a one-year extension of his contract. "No Lukaku, [Jesse] Lingard, no [Marcus] Rashford, so it will be very bad".




"The pre-season is very bad, the positive thing of the pre-season is only for the young boys that have a fantastic opportunity to train with us", Mourinho told reporters.

United meanwhile have addressed the midfield and defence in Fred and Diogo Dalot respectively but Michael Carrick and Daley Blind have both departed as well. It's good for him to play but then he will go on loan. 'I'm not going to lie to you. Lee Grant has also been brought in from Stoke as a backup goalkeeper.

That's the verdict of former Arsenal ace Stewart Robson, who says the winger's impressive World Cup will have reignited United's interest.

Sanchez, the highest earner in the Premier League, didn't quite live up to his billing after arriving in January as he struggled to combine with his teammates in the closing stages of the 2017/18 season.

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