Ashley Young and Luke Shaw set to join Man United squad on tour – report

by Leo Nieboer

Ashley Young and Luke Shaw will travel with the Manchester United squad on their pre-season tour of the United States despite being unlikely to play, according to reports.

Young and Shaw were sidelined for the latter part of the 2016/17 campaign after suffering hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

The former has attracted the interest of Istanbul Basaksehir and Shaw, who could miss the start of next season, may see himself moved along by Mourinho following an underwhelming campaign.

Nevertheless, the pair, according to the Mirror‘s James Nursey, have been booked in to travel with the squad to Los Angeles next month, suggesting they could be included in the 54-year-old’s plans for next season.

Mourinho may be an immense pragmatist on the pitch, setting up his teams with scrupulous detail and preparing them for every possible eventuality, but his motivational approach is far more tribal.

He believes in the idea of siege mentality, of creating a more defined sense of the collective by sharpening the idea of what exists – and seeks to destroy – outside. This is why he insisted the entire squad – even those on crutches – travelled to Stockholm. They are an unmistakeable unit, and even the players unable to offer anything on the pitch are just as much a part of it as anyone else.

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