Man United return
Manchester United are now back in Europe.
The Red Devils flew out of America following their 1-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday night in their final pre-season match in the International Champions Cup.
Neymar scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
After touching down back in Manchester, a couple of players posted ‘thank you’ messages on social media to the club’s US fans.
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 27, 2017
— R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 (@RomeluLukaku9) July 27, 2017
Losers on the tour
Paul Hirst, who works for the Times, has posted a summary of United’s American tour on the paper’s website, pinpointing the winners and losers from the tour.
On the positives, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and manager Jose Mourinho were all dubbed ‘winners’ this summer.
But when it came to the losers only two men were named and shamed: summer signing Victor Lindelof and Man United’s chief deal-maker Ed Woodward.
The former Benfica defender will likely be remembered for his horrible tackle on Theo Hernandez which gave Real Madrid a penalty in their friendly.
But that wasn’t his only error.
Lingard was also at fault for two goals against the LA Galaxy, while he also fluffed his penalty in the shootout versus Los Blancos. Hirst concluded:
Time will help Lindelof settle in to the club and allow the centre back to familiarise himself with his team-mates, and there are times when he appears to be a fine reader of the game, but there is a general lack of composure and he will need to improve that once he starts playing in the Premier League.
Man United have been active in the summer transfer market bringing in Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku. But is that enough?
Not for Hirst, who has slammed Ed Woodward for failing to sign Ivan Perisic or a defensive midfielder. He’s reported:
There is still over a month left in the transfer market, but Mourinho has been dropping hints throughout this tour that he is unhappy at the fact that he has two new signings in his squad, rather than the four he wants.
Mourinho’s mood will only darken further if he does not get what he wants.