United trio have 'no chance' of making the start of the season, says Jose Mourinho

Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo remain in the treatment room but the Red Devils defeated Real Madrid after a penalty shootout last night.

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MANCHESTER UNITED BOSS Jose Mourinho has confirmed Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo will all miss the start of the new Premier League season.

All three players are with the United squad for their pre-season tour of the United States as they continue their rehabilitation.

Shaw suffered ligament damage to his foot against Swansea City in May, Young hurt his hamstring in the Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo while Rojo sustained knee ligament damage in the previous round of that competition versus Anderlecht.

Mourinho is pleased with the progress the trio have made, but said: “They have no chance for the beginning of the Premier League season.

“Luke Shaw is the first one to recover, Marcos will be last and Ash will be in between. Luke is September, Young is October and Rojo is December, or maybe January.

“The group is really strong and it’s good to be together. It’s important for them to be with us and not be in Manchester working at home.”

In California last night, David de Gea showed Real Madrid what they are missing by playing the hero act for United as they won 2-1 on penalties after a 1-1 International Champions Cup.

The Spain international, a long-time reported target of the Champions League winners, saved spot-kicks from Mateo Kovacic and Oscar before Casemiro hit the crossbar with his shoot-out kick — having scored from 12 yards in normal time — to hand United victory.

United took the lead shortly before half-time thanks to a sensational piece of play from Anthony Martial, the forward jinking away from Dani Carvajal, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez to give Jesse Lingard the simplest of finishes at the back post.

Casemiro levelled from the penalty spot after Victor Lindelof could only stop a rampaging Theo Hernandez by crashing into him before the Brazilian missed the decisive penalty in a poor shoot-out.

United remain unbeaten in the four matches they have played on their tour of the United States after holding off Madrid in searing temperatures, while the first pre-season match for Zinedine Zidane’s men ended in defeat. The clubs will soon clash again as Madrid face United in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje next month.

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