Manchester United's Ander Herrera defends Jose Mourinho after criticism

Manchester United's Ander Herrera defends Jose Mourinho after criticism”

It has felt, at times, like Manchester United's tour of the United States has been played out under a cloud.

It's fair to say their pre-season hasn't exactly been ideal preparation; manager Jose Mourinho has moaned constantly about his players, the media, results, and even went so far as to say he wouldn't have spent money to watch his own team during their tour of the USA.

However, towards the end of his tactical speech, as Mourinho briefed his men on what to expect in the gift shop, Matteo Darmian pointed out that as the players were scheduled to be riding the Kraken, they were also meant to be lining up to play Real Madrid.

Martial left United's U.S. tour midway through to attend the birth of his second child, but angered Mourinho by not rejoining the squad for the final two games.

And yet, Real gave a stern "no" to the proposition of either leaving when taking calls from Old Trafford ahead of the new season.

There was disappointment for United in the well.

And, speaking after the 4-1 loss to Liverpool in MI at the weekend, which had an attendance of over 100,000, the Portuguese said: "I wouldn't spend my money to see these teams". Sanchez stands out as one of the few bright spots.

For all intents and purposes it appears like Mourinho's third season meltdown is incoming, with the Portugese manager unhappy with the club's transfer dealings and questioning the attitude of his players in preseason.

World Cup stars Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are in the final stages of their summer breaks and miss the game. Missing out on the 2018 World Cup has to be a huge frustration for 29-year-old, but the positive is that he was able to take part in United's pre-season trainings and matches.

Mourinho continued to explain that the fans in the US which were around 101,000 in the stadium did not deserve to watch this performance but saw two great goals; "These people here show how much they love their club and came to enjoy the clubs they love in Europe. It's the flawless habitat for a young player to grow up and flourish".

Here's Manchester City doing the same drill.

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