Portuguese boss bemoaned lack of quality on show in second straight pre-season disappointment as club await World Cup stars’ return
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.
It 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.
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.
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.