Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot returns to training amid club injury crisis

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot returns to training amid club injury crisis

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot returns to training amid club injury crisis

A hard pre-season is threatening to lurch into a farce for Manchester United, as manager Jose Mourinho heads into their final game in the United States against European champions Real Madrid without as many as 17 senior players.

Mourinho had expressed a desire for two new arrivals but says it will be "not a drama" if the club make just one new addition.

"I would like to have two more players, but I think I'm not going to have two", said Mourinho.

"In every pre-season it happens the same with every club, which is the manager wants more".

"I want to play more regularly".

Mourinho had been banking on starting the Premier League season with a back four of Valencia, Shaw, Bailly and Smalling, but all are now injured or carrying knocks, throwing his preparations into disarray ahead of the home game against Leicester on August 10.

Brazilian midfielder Fred is expected to be thrust into the starting XI, but Mourinho has said that the team "is not going to be very different" from the one that ended the 2017-18 season. "If it's possible, it's good, if not then we keep fighting and working and believing in the players that we have". "He's come in even after the Liverpool [defeat] and spoken very highly of what we've have given as a team and as a unit".

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Darmian only made eight appearances in the Premier League last season - including just five starts - as well as 17 across all competitions.

The short term need for players to return to training early has to balance with the need to ensure they are recharged and rested after the World Cup.

"I agree that when the season starts the transfer window closes", said Mourinho.

But Mourinho, who has bemoaned the lack of established players he has on United's U.S. tour, says that is too soon after the World Cup and the start should be a week later.

With Alderweireld's contract due to expire next summer, Manchester United will be hopeful of signing him on a reduced fee, but Tottenham will be well aware of the implications of selling him to a direct Premier League title rival.

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