Injury-hit Manchester United 'in trouble' for new campaign, says Jose Mourinho

Injury-hit Manchester United 'in trouble' for new campaign, says Jose Mourinho

A hard pre-season is threatening to lurch into a farce for Manchester United, as manager Jose Mourinho heads into their final game in the United States against European champions Real Madrid without as many as 17 senior players.

The United boss wants two new players before the August 9 cut-off and has repeatedly painted a bleak picture when asked during the tour of the United States whether it would be possible.

Mourinho is now entering his third season with United - and this is another reason why many football fans are predicting the 55-year-old's tenure at Old Trafford will soon come to an abrupt end.

"I am confident I get one, but I think two I am not going to get which is not a drama".

However, the Brazilian attacker struggled to hold down a regular place under Antonio Conte last season and has reportedly told Chelsea he wants to leave despite the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as manager.

"Probably, he's not frustrated about the club or the market, he's probably frustrated because he's not able to work with the players that he's going to have for the season".

"It's not going to be very different".

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"It's not like the gaffer to make an oversight in his match preparations, so it seemed odd that he would inadvertently have played each of us almost 235 miles out of position", Mata continued.

And the 19-year-old, who has only made eight senior appearances to date, is enjoying the experience so far, despite mixed fortunes for United in pre-season. He cannot put too much pressure on, particularly as he admitted last week that if players are rushed back after an intense worldwide tournament, they can suffer burnout later in the season.

"I agree that when the season starts the transfer window closes", said Mourinho.

"Matic arrived from the World Cup, then holiday and direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup", said Mourinho.

Mourinho is still without a number of players, who reached the latter stages in Russian Federation, and made clear his preference that they cut their breaks early to aid preparations for the season opener against Leicester on August 10.

"I think something has gone on in the background maybe they've had a fallout or whatever".