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Jose Mourinho’s reaction to pre season win over LA Galaxy

Manchester United enjoyed a winning start to their pre season tour with a 5-2 victory over LA Galaxy, with the goals coming from Marcus Rashford (2), Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof enjoying their debuts in a Manchester United shirt.

Jose Mourinho spoke to MUTV after the match to give his thoughts on how the team performed and the other main talking points.

I think during every pre-season it’s important to start off with a win. It lifts spirits and motivates the players I think. And who doesn’t want to play in a team that wins? And it seems the manager agrees. The official Manchester United website reported his thoughts:

“It was good and there were no injuries apart from Tim [Fosu-Mensah]. The most important thing for me was to compete and the second important thing was to see the players on the pitch in a system which we only played twice last season, so it is far from being our system but we have been working in the last two days to improve. Positionally it was good.”

Indeed, another positive note is that there were no injuries, as an another important aspect of pre-season is building the squads fitness and trying to maintain that fitness throughout the season.

Another interesting aspect of the match last night was the fact United played a 3-5-2 formation, a formation that was so successful last season, in particular, Chelsea. Mourinho hinted that United would mainly play a 4-at-the-back formation but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt for the squad to be familiar with alternative tactics;

“We have trained for five days and in these five days we trained for two days in the relation to this system [three at the back]. The improvements are in relation to four hours of work so I couldn’t expect much better, it’s something we have to keep working on in case during the season we decide to play three at the back. We did it twice against Rostov and maybe we want to do it more times.”

As previously mentioned, Romelu Lukaku, United’s new number 9, made his debut, and although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, Mourinho was impressed with his overall play;

“A good thing for me today is he showed he’s a team player and was not worried about himself, he was worried about the improvement of the team”. 

It should be noted that United will probably rely on Lukaku to be United’s main source of goals, and after paying £75 million for him, you expect Jose has the same expectations of him too.

Another positive from the match were the goals from Marcus Rashford, who looked impressive as he took two goals calmly in his stride. Personally, I think Rashford has all the skills to be a top player and what’s more encouraging is that he looks like a player eager to learn and develop. And best of all, he’s a United fan from the Academy. Jose believes that the striker will score more goals this season and is pleased with his development;

“Last season, he played in the Europa League, important matches, and he’s learning a lot. He’s a great pro, has a great attitude and last season he maybe was not scoring a lot of goals and missing some chances but it was not a drama because that’s part of the evolution. We know he is going to score more goals than last season.”

All in all, United’s pre season opener could only have been better had they kept a clean sheet. Nevertheless, it’s important to start the season’s preparation in a positive manner, and I’m sure Jose would agree. I do believe that a good pre-season can set the tone for the season and no doubt United will try to achieve that during their pre-season tour of America.

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