Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says their China tour will be crucial for setting themselves up for a successful season.
The Reds boss will take his squad to China next week for two matches in the International Champions Cup against Borussia Dortmund (22 July) and Manchester City (25 July).
“I hope to see a group, from an emotional point of view, coming together and getting to know each other better and understanding each other better.”
“It’s important from a football point of view, but also from a human qualities point of view, that’s very important,” he explained in an interview for adidas’ Front Row.
“The fact that we won’t travel with every player, from a tactical point of view, breaks a little bit the objective of a pre-season tour, but that’s the way it is.”
“We cannot make miracles and the players cannot go directly from the Euros to pre-season. They need their break and we need them for the next 10 months.”
“It will be a bit strange, especially for a new manager that needs to know the players and to work with the players, but I think the pre-season tours are also for the club dimension, the club projection and club connection which, in this case, is the Asian market, commercially and for the fan-base, it’s a lot about that.
“From that perspective, I expect a group that understands the dimension of this club and understands what Man United fans around in the world, in this case Asia, are expecting from us.”