Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chong impresses Mourinho in Manchester United debut

Chong impresses Mourinho in Manchester United debut

Pep Guardiola led Manchester City to the title last season with his unique brand of free-flowing attacking football. I have to respect the USA authorities in their process of visas.

Mourinho was satisfied with the outcome of a "good training match" for his team and indicated that Antonio Valenica would continue as captain for the rest of the season following the retirement of Michael Carrick. "But it is what it is and we have to try and make the best out of it with the players we have here".

Valencia, who is now United's longest serving players having joined from Wigan in 2009, was appointed skipper for the opening pre-season game of the summer against Club America and will now retain that honour whenever he plays, Mourinho has declared. Club America certainly were a match for our side but we were without a host of first-team players. If [Chris] Smalling is playing, if Ashley Young is playing, if [Ander] Herrera is on or [Juan] Mata is.

One of Manchester United's most protracted summer transfers looks like it could be coming to an end with the news that the Reds' haven't given up on their pursuit of Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld.

On the topic of Sanchez, Mourinho said: "It is really bad, really sad, not good for him, for me, the team", the manager said. "But for me, I don't care too much about the captaincy, I care more about the life in the dressing room". It was set up in part by 18-year-old Dutchman Tahith Chong, making his first senior friendly appearance, with a fantastic cross from the right. He replaced Anthony Martial after an hour in front of a sparse crowd of 37,660 that was markedly below the University of Phoenix Stadium's 63,400 capacity.

"I was very focused on this tournament", Alderweireld said.

"But he has to play where he belongs, he has to play in the academy and develop physically, because physically is where he's not ready".

"But the talent is there, the personality is there, the passion to play, the humility to learn, so this is a fantastic experience for him".

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