Jose Mourinho discusses the importance of Manchester United’s pre-season

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has been discussing the way he sees Manchester United’s upcoming pre-season tour, outlining his hope that the team will ‘come together’ and form into a cohesive unit.

Man United’s first pre-season fixture takes place this Saturday against Wigan, before the squad fly out to China for matches against Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray.

The 53-year-old, when asked about his hopes for pre-season, placed emphasis on the team gaining a greater understanding of eachother.

“I hope to see a group, from an emotional point of view, coming together and getting to know each other better and understanding each other better. It’s important from a football point of view, but also from a human qualities point of view, that’s very important,” he explained.

“The fact that we won’t travel with every player, from a tactical point of view, breaks a little bit the objective of a pre-season tour, but that’s the way it is.

“We cannot make miracles and the players cannot go directly from the Euros to pre-season. They need their break and we need them for the next 10 months.

“It will be a bit strange, especially for a new manager that needs to know the players and to work with the players, but I think the pre-season tours are also for the club dimension, the club projection and club connection which, in this case, is the Asian market, commercially and for the fan-base, it’s a lot about that.”

Every Mourinho team in the past has been hallmarked by their immense spirit and unbreakable togetherness, and so it is no surprise to see the Portuguese prioritise the quality of a collective understanding.

The post-Fergie era has witnessed a United side completely lacking in cohesion as a unit, deprived of any constructive game plan. United fans can be sure that, above all else, this Mourinho team will be fiercely compact and dedicated to the cause.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic summed up Mourinho’s effect on a group of players when he said that, at Inter Milan, he would have “killed for him.” If that spirit can be instilled at Old Trafford, his team will be very hard to beat.

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