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Mourinho annoyed by Manchester United's 'really bad' pre-season

United will have played only four games before their Community Shield clash against Leicester City on Sunday.

United drew 0-0 with Everton last night.
United drew 0-0 with Everton last night.

JOSE MOURINHO ADMITS Manchester United have had a “really bad” pre-season following their disruptive campaign in China.

United have played just three games this summer after poor weather cancelled their derby against Manchester City in Beijing, while several key players, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney, have taken extended breaks after featuring at Euro 2016.

United drew 0-0 with Everton last night during Rooney’s testimonial, while their final warm-up game will be Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Leicester City at Wembley.

“My players need minutes, we had a really bad pre-season because of the Euros and then in China,” Mourinho told BT Sport.

“I am sorry for the fans but more important than to win the match is to get minutes in my players’ legs.”

The new United boss then said he will definitely sign one more player before the transfer windows shuts, amid strong links with Paul Pogba.

United are reportedly set to shatter the transfer record in a ‎£100million deal to lure Pogba from Italian champions Juventus and back to Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney Testimonial - Manchester United v Everton - Old Trafford Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his home debut last night. Source: Peter Byrne

Mourinho refused to name names on Wednesday, though the Portuguese did hint at a deal for the 23-year-old France international.

“We will sign one more player for sure. I don’t want to speak about Paul, because he’s a Juventus player.

“I don’t like to talk about other clubs’ players and I don’t like it when they talk about my players.

“The reality is that we are going to sign one more player.

“The deadline is 31 August and we have plenty of time to do that, but we would like to do that before the Premier League starts.”

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