Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has called on his first-team stars to cut their holidays short and return to first-team training immediately, as his side's disastrous pre-season continues.
Since the former Real Madrid coach joined the club, he has spent 433m euros on 11 signings, only surpassed by six teams in those three seasons; Manchester City with 601m euros, Barcelona with 572m euros, Juventus with 571m euros, Paris Saint-Germain at 561m euros, Chelsea at 450m euros and Liverpool at 449m euros.More news: No, Researchers Didn't Discover A New Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Species
With nine players injured, Mourinho is keen to have the eight players who were granted extended breaks due to their exertions in Russian Federation return to training a week before they were supposed to. All of this despite the fact the season does not start for another eleven days.
Following Saturday's 4-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Liverpool in Ann Arbor, Mourinho voiced uncertainty over whether he would be able add to Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant as new summer acquisitions.
Mourinho must have thought long and hard about how he would handle his press conferences in America, as he knew questions would flow about a lack of signings and what, to outsiders looking in, appears to be a lack of support for him from the club's owners.More news: Dillian Whyte beats Joseph Parker on points at the O2
Ahead of the fixture, United players have been going through their paces including a spot of Rondo.
"I would like to have two more players", he declared.
"I gave a list of five footballers I was interested in to the club months ago and none have come", he revealed.More news: Iran's currency in free fall as American sanctions loom
However, towards the end of his tactical speech, as Mourinho briefed his men on what to expect in the gift shop, Matteo Darmian pointed out that as the players were scheduled to be riding the Kraken, they were also meant to be lining up to play Real Madrid. The transfer window closeson 9 August and United's Premier League curtain-raiser with Leicester at Old Trafford is the following evening.