Jose Mourinho takes charge of Manchester United training for first time
New signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly are in line to make their first Manchester United appearances in Saturday’s friendly at Wigan Athletic.
Jose Mourinho will select a United side for the first time at the DW Stadium – and could also include left-back Luke Shaw following his recovery from a broken leg which kept him out for 10 months.
The contest could see first run-outs for forward Mkhitaryan and central defender Bailly following their big-money summer moves from Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal respectively.
A statement on United’s website on Wednesday said a number of youngsters are likely to feature in the match as well, with some, including James Wilson, Andreas Pereira, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Joel Castro Pereira and Dean Henderson, having trained with the first team that morning.
Players such as Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Daley Blind were also part of the proceedings at the club’s Aon Training Complex in Carrington, overseen by Mourinho and his long-time assistant Rui Faria.
Not present was Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United’s other new summer recruit who is currently on holiday after playing for Sweden at Euro 2016.
Other Euro 2016 participants not involved included England’s Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Chris Smalling, a trio Mourinho has said will be on the club’s tour of China that begins next week but will not play in either of the games.
United are scheduled to face friendlies on the tour against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City on July 22 and 25 respectively.