Jose Mourinho has warned his team they will have to fight for early points in the upcoming Premier League campaign after pre-season preparations disrupted by the World Cup.
The late World Cup runs of France, Belgium and England have wreaked havoc with United’s pre-season tour of the United States, with players such as Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Ashley Young all missing.
A downbeat Mourinho on Tuesday refused to comment when asked if he was confident of winning the Premier League title this week.
‘I don’t answer to your question,’ Mourinho told reporters at United’s Los Angeles training base ahead of a friendly against AC Milan on Wednesday.
Asked if he was happy at how United’s pre-season had worked out, Mourinho added: ‘No. I got the facilities as always. I got the incredible commitment of the people that are involved in the process of preparing a good pre-season. I’m happy with the matches, the evolution of the matches.
‘But I don’t have the players to work with. I don’t have the majority of the players that are going to be in the squad on August 9th when the market closes and we can make the squad official for the season.
‘Of course I’m not happy. I’m not happy to have just a few players.’
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