Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Mourinho frustrated with under-strength United squad

Mourinho frustrated with under-strength United squad

Jose Mourinho believes Anthony Martial should have returned to Manchester United following the birth of his son, while the frustrated manager announced Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery.

The "Red Devils" were thumped 4-1 by rivals Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.

Mane had scored a stoppage-time penalty to give Liverpool victory in New Jersey, and he was at it again in MI after a frantic opening 27 minutes.

Honestly, United produced absolutely nothing in this outing except Andreas Pereira's beauty of a free-kick.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, as well as the England quartet of Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, are still absent. I think today it was a game where it was quite easy to come in for pretty much all of them because we played over 90 minutes of really good football on a very hard pitch for both teams.

I gave a list to the club of five names a few months ago and I wait to see if it is possible to have one of these players. "These people, I think they show how much they love their clubs". Sadio Mane converted a penalty to open the scoring for Liverpool in the 28th minute.

"He went to Philadelphia for a top specialist and he didn't leave the clinic".

And Liverpool's second ICC win out of three was completed when Ojo stepped up to convert another penalty, Andrew Robertson having been clipped by Ander Herrera, Shaqiri then wrapping up the scoring in sensational style with a bicycle kick from 12 yards.

Anthony Martial may have left Manchester United tour without permission
Anthony Martial has left the pre-season tour and returned home to welcome a new member to his family. Maguire has been linked with a £65m transfer to Old Trafford .

Mourinho was also critical of the referee Ismail Elfath after their pre-season friendly defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side in MI, saying he had come to officiate the wrong sport. They were called by the baseball federation. "I think I am not going to have two". "They arrive here, and it was soccer, and they had to be in a soccer game".

Jurgen Klopp says the reason Liverpool haven't signed a defender this summer is due to Joe Gomez's return to fitness.

"I don't know how long he'll be out for".

He added at his press conference: "I wouldn't spend my money to see these teams".

The World Cup has hampered United's preparations and Mourinho - who has been visibly downbeat amid the club's struggles to deliver new signings - has now lost key midfielder Matic through injury.

"So we have Alexis (Sanchez) and (Juan) Mata who play every minute of every match and now we have Real Madrid and after that Bayern Munich and that's our start".

"But we, and some other clubs, were not able to give to the people the real quality football that can attract even more passion in this country".

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