There were little positives to take from Manchester United’s sorry performance against Bayern Munich on Sunday night, but Jose Mourinho of all people made sure he found one.
Man United registered zero shots on target and just 28% possession at the Allianz Arena as Javi Martinez’ second half header made sure a fairly lacklustre pre-season ended in defeat.
Mourinho was in a good mood after full-time though, and expressed his delight that the pre-season period was “finally” over.
“Finally, it’s over. Finally, such a difficult pre-season is over.
“The players were, once more, brilliant. They could not have done better than what they did. (It was a) fantastic experience for the boys.”
The United manager then made sure to point out how proud he was of the young players who got the opportunity to play against such prestige opposition.
“There was a moment I was looking to the area and there was Axel at centre-back to left, Demetri at left wing-back, Garner in midfield on the left and Chong,” Mourinho continued.
“At the same time it was Lewandowski on Axel, Robben on Mitchell, (Leon) Goretzka on Garner and (Niklas) Sule on Chong.
“It was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We were playing against their best team, it was their complete squad apart from (Corentin) Tolisso.”
United now turn their attention towards Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City at Old Trafford where they’ll be looking to set the pace in the 2018-19 title race.