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Mourinho not concerned by United’s slow pre-season

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Soccer Football - FA Cup Final - Chelsea vs Manchester United - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 19, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Romelu Lukaku look dejected at the end of the match. Reuters/Lee Smith

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United have not hit top gear on their pre-season tour of the United States but manager Jose Mourinho has said he is not worried as a majority of his first team players are yet to rejoin the squad following the World Cup.

United drew 1-1 with Club America before a goalless draw against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. Mourinho pointed out that his playing XI in both games did not resemble sides he would pick for Premier League matches.

“One more training session. We’re not a team. We’re a group of players from different teams,” Mourinho told the club’s website.

“Some are first-team, some under-23s, some coming from loans and going on loan, some are younger, under-18s. We don’t have a team to play much better than we did but it’s one more training session.”

Midfielder Nemanja Matic has arrived in the US while David De Gea and Fred are set to link up with their team mates next week. Alexis Sanchez is eager to hit the ground running after struggling to make an impact since his transfer in January.

“Good for Alexis,” Mourinho added. “The first time he plays after some individual sessions.

“He needed this and he made a good effort, a good physical effort, which is important for him in this moment.”

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