Three player’s Manchester United must sign this summer

Carrie Guzman
July 21, 2018

Jose Mourinho doesn't believe Tahith Chong belongs in the Manchester United first team yet, but has plans for the teenager to train more with the senior side in the hope of "increasing his evolution".

Juan Mata's 78th-minute equaliser ensured Manchester United kicked off their preseason without defeat in sweltering conditions in Phoenix.

Manchester United allayed Jose Mourinho's fears about how hard they might find their tour of the United States by earning a 1-1 draw against Club America on their opening night.

Mourinho said: "The line-up has the most possible I would say men, because the objective is to prepare them the best we can for the start of the season as we don't have many more players than this one".

"No [Romelu] Lukaku, no [Marcus] Rashford, not here and probably not the start of the Premier League, so is about when Alexis lands and when he lands he has to play because he trained with us five days before we depart to LA and we left one fitness coach behind with him".

Mata came closest to scoring in the first half but saw his effort come back off the inside of the post.

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Manchester United were without a host of stars still resting after the World Cup in Russian Federation, including Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.

With United finishing 19 points behind City last season the chances that Mourinho will see a midfielder an unproven youngster and a third choice goalkeeper as enough to bridge that gap are highly unlikely. "Martial was the only one and then he left", the Portuguese manager told MUTV.

Lee Grant's debut in United's goal was marked by a sharp save from Roger Martinez when the No9 ran through.

Mourinho added: "He was good".

Pereira, however, was powerless to keep out Martin's header approaching the hour-mark as United conceded the opener. His inviting cross from the right was headed onto the post by Ander Herrera, only to eventually fall to Mata to turn home.

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