Anthony Martial leaves pre-season tour for personal reasons

Arnold Nichols
July 26, 2018

A fixture of two of Europe's most successful teams plays out in the United States leg of the International Champions Cup, s Manchester United and AC Milan face off on Saturday at the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The 25-year-old had a hard season at United last season, with Mourinho dropping him at several points' through-out last campaign.

With United fans expecting similar form for United in the season ahead, Mourinho has struck a note of caution about placing too much expectation on the World Cup victor.

However, that should not be enough for him to become new Manchester United player in summer of 2018.

Mourinho also added that he would have liked to play against Leicester on Sunday and not on Friday, before adding "you don't get always in life what you want".

One club that will be desperate to improve on last season will be Manchester United.

It is understood Mourinho is set to offload the former Monaco forward after failing to impress during the pre-season tour. How Mourinho would react to the club going against his wishes is unclear, though it would be no surprise if the 55-year-old voiced disquiet.

Leicester City centre-back and England World Cup star Harry Maguire supposedly "believes" that he will become a Manchester United player before the transfer window closes on August 9. I got the incredible commitment of the people that are involved in the process of preparing a good pre-season. "I had to come to terms with that and I made the most of the summer".

The forward impressed for Croatia at the World Cup in Russian Federation earlier this month, attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

"I just want to follow on from the number of games I played last season, keep kicking on and helping the team, just making us play better together and hopefully win some trophies - that's my main aim".

"I don't think it is a case of us getting the best from him but a cae of him giving the best that he has", Mourinho said.

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