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Jose Mourinho laments Man Utd’s pre-season trip

Jose Mourinho laments Man Utd’s pre-season trip

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has curtailed his vacation and will join Manchester United at the start of their Premier League campaign, coach José Mourinho has said.

Martial has not played since starting in United's two opening pre-season fixtures against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes - both games ending 0-0.

Manchester United's Belgian-Brazilian midfielder (R) vies for the ball with Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Daniel Ceballos (C) and Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema during their International Champions Cup friendly football match at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, on July 31, 2018.

"Sorry but my family will always come first.

They're coming back three days early to try and be available for the team", Mourinho said from Miami, where Man United defeated Real Madrid, 2-1 in its final USA friendly match.

As United prepare to return to Europe ahead of their Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10, manager Mourinho refused to give any assurances that Martial will return.

"In the majority of the players we have a fantastic spirit", Mourinho told reporters last night.

"So, they're coming back three days early to try and be available for the team".

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Mourinho and Martial having words.

English publication The Sun has claimed that Red Devils officials and some of the players were not happy with Mourinho's comments, which deepened fears of him not seeing out the remaining two years left on his contract.

Martial has had his first-team opportunities limited by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January.

"We were just trying to survive and to have the best possible results", Mourinho said of the American tour.

" He is happy with us because we are making a great effort in this pre-season, this is all I can say."

"I know that these guys are wonderful professionals and I know that they give everything for the club, for the prestige of the club".

"Alexis Sanchez is fresh, the way the man is running, I think he is in fantastic condition so let's look at it from a positive side and wait for Lindelof, Rashford, Lukaku and Jones".


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