Saturday, July 29, 2017

United's summer tour of the USA ends in defeat and Jose says he's happy?

Manchester United's summer tour of the USA ended in defeat to Barcelona, with Neymar grabbing the only goal in what was at times a fairly one sided contest. De Gea saved United's blushes with a string of first class saves. After the game Jose Mourinho said that he was happy that United had lost a game on tour. One can only imagine that Jose wanted his players not to get carried away after winning their previous four games against LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Real Madrid, with the latter being won thanks to the 'worst penalty shoot-out in history', at least that is how it has been described.

So what has Jose learned from the summer so far? Well, Jose has made it fairly clear that he wants to add a midfield player plus a winger to his squad before the transfer window slams shut until January. As for the players on tour, Lukaku has performed reasonably well in a United shirt, he scored against Man City with a superbly taken goal and he played a big part in United's other goal. The former Everton striker certainly shoots on sight and so if he is given good service he hopefully will be the answer to United's goal scoring problems. United's other new signing Lindelof has performed less well; he gave away an awful penalty vs Real Madrid, and fluffed his lines badly in the penalty shoot-out in the same game. But worse than that, we have seen very little to date to suggest that Lindelof will be an integral part of Mourinho's reshaped United defence. It is of course early days for Lukaku and Lindelof but the pressure is on, as it always is when you play for Manchester United. Next up United travel to Norway to face Valerenga.

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