Jose Mourinho has revealed that he knows the Manchester United players he can rely on throughout the 2018-19 season as the action is getting underway all over again in just nine days’ time.
Man United have endured a troublesome pre-season tour of the United States, with many key stars including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku all absent for the whole duration due to their successful exploits at the 2018 World Cup this summer in Russia.
One major talking point of the pre-season preparations has been wantaway forward Anthony Martial‘s decision to leave the training camp and fly to Paris to be with his partner Melanie Da Cruz for the birth of their first child together.
He hasn’t returned and Mourinho admitted following the 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday that he ‘doesn’t know’ when the 22-year-old will rejoin the squad back in Manchester, leading to comments about players he can count on.
Talking to the media in Miami following victory over the European champions, Mourinho honestly stated:”I know the players I can count on. Give everything for prestige of the club. Phenomenal outside the club. Lots of commercial, meet and greet, foundation.
“With the fantastic spirit we have in the majority of the players, I repeat: in the majority of the players, we have a fantastic spirit.”
Mourinho has used the friendlies to give youth a chance to train and play with the first team more than anything and United won just two of five matches across the pond.
Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku have all cut their holidays three days short and will be back in time to bolster Mourinho’s squad for the Premier League opener against Leicester City next Friday.
Judging by his most recent comments though, there could very well be trouble in the water between the United boss and Martial so don’t expect the Frenchman to be at the club come the end of the transfer window.