Rui Faria has been reflecting on Manchester United’s pre-season tour preparations this summer, noting that results are of secondary concern during this period.
Jose Mourinho‘s men have claimed wins over LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Valerenga, with their only defeat coming against Barcelona.
Man United’s last friendly comes on Wednesday in Dublin against Italian side Sampdoria before they turn their attention towards Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
And Faria, speaking soon after United’s 3-0 win over Valerenga in Oslo, noted that he was pleased with the steady progression witnessed over the last few weeks.
“We never look to these matches and just worry about the results,” he noted. “Other aspects are more important than the results. Of course, if we can add the result to the performance, it’s always better. The players are doing well, they are doing what we want them to do. Every minute is important for them.
“They know that the matches are big tests for their preparations. They are doing well and we are very happy with all the players and the way they are committed to getting the best performances. In the end, it works for them and we’ll try to have them the best we can for the first important match of the season.
“It’s good to see some players’ improvement in their performance and this match was after coming from the States with people trying to adapt their sleeping to a big time difference. So, this game went well. We could give 45 minutes to most of the players and, to some, a little bit more and everything went the way we wanted.”
United’s pre-season this time around monumentally eclipses the truncated build-up to last season, which included a pointless game against Wigan Athletic, a cancelled clash with Manchester City, a thumping at the hands of a fitter Borussia Dortmund and then a win over Galatasaray.
This time around, Mourinho’s men have enjoyed a busy and incredibly productive pre-season, claiming good wins over Manchester City and Real Madrid, whilst also suffering an important defeat to Barcelona, as the 54-year-old himself has pointed out.
Supporters will be wary of the dangers that come with failing to hit the ground running in the Premier League next season.