Jose Mourinho has given his thoughts after Manchester United succumbed to their first pre-season tour defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday night.
The deadly attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez ran riot against a shaky Man United defence and eventually took the lead through Neymar, with David de Gea making a number of important saves.
But Mourinho, speaking to MUTV after the game, was quick to note that suffering defeat in pre-season is an important thing.
“It would be very bad to leave without a defeat. So the defeat is good. We did some very good things and some very bad things.
“The good things we will keep, we won’t.”
The 54-year-old makes a good point here. United, after all, claimed six straight wins during their first pre-season under Louis van Gaal, luring some into thinking that the Dutchman had created some sort of uniquely unbreakable unit, only to be ripped apart by Swansea – Garry Monk’s Swansea – on the first day of the season.
In fact, while that first half was probably the least enjoyable 45 minutes of this tour for a United fan, Mourinho will undoubtedly point to them as the most important. They received a footballing lesson from a technically superior team during that opening period and will, as a result, feel stronger and indeed more prepared for what lies ahead in less than three weeks time.